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1.15.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

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My weight is still 132-1/2 lbs., and I am patiently waiting for my scale to budge! My obsession over the numbers on my scale really needs to come to an end, because I am getting tired of this. Sure I loved it when the scale was telling me that my weight was coming down, but the waiting game of hoping to see it drop day after day is getting old. I have it all figured scale drops weight and then my body has to catch up...or is it just the opposite? Okay, maybe I don't have it all figured out, but I do know that I am going to stick to my lower calorie lifestyle for one more month and see where it gets me.

I drank both cups of my green tea and gave a lot of thought to how I will be following my lower calorie program. The first month is over so I am halfway through my two month experimental, low calorie, low carb lifestyle. I will admit that I did not balance my meals as well as I could or maybe even should have the first month, but I lost seven pounds in a six week period. One meal, the one when I would normally include both protein and vegetables, I gave up the vegetable portion so I could eat more protein calories. The other meal, the one that begins with the salad, it usually began with a salad but the rest of my meal was not balanced because I was eating more protein. Somehow I managed to keep my vegetables and carbohydrates fairly balanced, so I did not waiver too far from the guidelines of CALP.

Today is the first day of my second month of following my lower calorie diet and I am determined to get back to balancing my meals. Right now, since I no longer eat grains or dairy, my food choices have me following the Paleo Diet. Over the years my eating behavior became much healthier and the foods that I never thought I would ever give up are not only easier to resist, but not tempting at all. I am trying to lose weight and feed my body the best nutrition I can so I will continue to enjoy whole foods that are healthy, delicious, and cooked at home. My size at 5'3", and weight at 132 lbs., limits my calories to 1292 if I want to lose weight. So far I have not been having any problems staying under my calorie limits so I will continue to make my decisions from the following list of foods that are on my diet:

Carbohydrates: avocado, berries, dark chocolate, lemons, limes, and nuts

Herbs: basil, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, garlic, oregano, parsley, paprika, pepper, salt, and turmeric

Oils: bacon drippings, coconut oil, and olive oil

Protein: beef, chicken, eggs, fish, pork, rabbit, and turkey

Vegetables/Fiber: bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, coconut flakes, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini

I read an article that says that I have an eating disorder because I am watching my calories. My whole life has been one big eating disorder since my weight has been a battleground for as long as I can remember. Actually, I have invested the last five years of my life trying to overcome my eating disorder, so what is one more month of a silly label being placed upon me when I am working towards my solution to unhealthy and unwanted belly fat.

Speaking of belly fat, I wanted to get a workout done before lunch but I spent too much time on the computer. My husband stuck a pork roast in the oven around 9 a.m., so it was going to be ready around noon. I worked until it was time for lunch and then I made us a couple of salads. My salad started with four ounces of lettuce. I then added my carbohydrates to it, three and a half ounces of avocado and one quarter ounce of coconut. Lastly, I added my vegetables, three ounces of celery, three ounces of cucumber, and I topped it all off with two tablespoons of our homemade cilantro dressing. My husband cut and served me a six ounce portion of pork roast and drizzled some of his reduced sauce/glaze over the top. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and will continue to work on trying to balance my meals.

I waited to feed the animals until after 3 p.m. That is the time when it seems to reach the highest temperatures of the day outside so that is when I am interested in getting my chores done. It was a little warmer today and all the animals were able to drink out of their automatic waterers since they were no longer frozen, which means I only had to feed them.

Once I finished my chores and returned to the house, I got ready to do my workout. The next thing I know the baby and her mama arrived. Mama asked me if I would watch the little one for about an hour so I put my workout on hold. As it turned out, when she returned the baby was sleeping, so we visited for awhile.

My dinner was a piece of leftover pork roast and my husband had the last of the chicken mole over rice. He cut me a five ounce portion and when it was warm, he drizzled some of the glaze over it. I ate the pork first and when I finished, I could have easily eaten more. Instead, I peeled and cut up five ounces of cucumber. Once I finished my cucumber, I loved my meal and was completely satisfied with the right combination and balance.

I did not get my workout done so I am under a little more pressure to get all three of them done this week. I can still get all three of them done by the end of the week if I get started on them tomorrow, Friday, and Sunday.

Tuesday, 1.15.13

132-1/2 lbs.

Breakfast: Green tea
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/avocado, celery, coconut, cucumber, & cilantro dressing, pork roast w/glaze
Dinner: Pork roast w/glaze

Carbs: avocado, coconut, vegetables
Protein: pork roast
Veg/Fiber: celery, coconut, cucumber, lettuce
Other: dressing
Beverages: tea, water


avocado, 1/2................138........13.........7............2....
celery, 3 oz....................14.........0..........3............1....
coconut, 1/4 oz.............42..........3..........3...........0....
cucumber, 8 oz..............27..........0.........5............1....
dressing/cilantro, 2 tbs..136........16..........0............0....
lettuce, 4 oz.................19..........0..........4............1....
pork roast, 11 oz.........770.........45..........0..........84....
tea, green, 2 c...............5..........0...........2...........0...


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alliejon's picture


I get discouraged when I see calorie counting. It seems to be working for you, but the whole premise of CAD/CALP is not having to count like that... Have you ever considered that you might be at your goal weight? You have been following plan so well for so long and doing so well, maybe your body likes where it is?? According to the weight scales, aren't you within your range?

Just a thought from someone who is very envious of your great success and wish I could follow plan (without counting calories) long term. I could never count calories and hope to reach my goal without doing so. That is one reason I don't do well on "points" counting plans - it makes me even more obsessed.



LowCarbForLife's picture


Hi Allie, always nice to hear from you and I understand exactly how you feel.

I am sorry and not trying to discourage anyone by counting calories, but my intention has always been for it to be a short term experiment. I am definitely not fond of calorie counting, and to be honest, this is the first time I have ever done it in my entire 53 years of my life. The only reason I became more strict with my diet is because, according to everything I am reading, my waist is still three inches larger than it is supposed to be for my height and weight.

I am thrilled with my success and never thought I would be where I am right now. Personally, I am happy with my weight since, at 132 lbs., I am really close to my ideal weight now. I love the size of the clothes I can wear and I like the way I look, except for my stomach area. Before I started my low calorie diet last month, at 139 lbs., my BMI was right at the edge of the normal range, bouncing back and forth to the overweight range. Seven pounds later, at 132 lbs., I am definitely getting closer to the mid-range of normal, which is what I am aiming for.

It is funny because a few years ago, when I still had several pounds to lose, I would see others that were working on their last ten pounds and wonder why they felt they needed to lose more weight. I thought, if I could get my weight that close to normal, I would be happy. I am there and I am happy, but I am not done!

Everything I am doing and everything I have done, has been for my health. When you reach my age, it is no longer a vanity issue, but a health issue. I believe my diet and exercise programs are crucial for me to get myself into the best health possible. At this point in my journey, the only thing I have left to do is to get my mid-section to a healthy size, which means I have more weight to lose!

Only three more weeks to go!

Best of luck to you,


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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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