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3.01.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

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I dropped 2-1/2 lbs., weighing 130-1/2 lbs. this morning. This is my all time lowest weight I have seen in over thirty years. Amazing how well the weight comes off when I skip a meal the day before!

My morning began with two cups of coffee with cream. The first thing I did was pick up my Shih Tzu and begin grooming him. It had been over two months since I cut his hair and it really needed to be done. The hair on these dogs continue to grow so you would think he would be used to me cutting the hair between the pads of his feet as well as every place else, but he still gets nervous. Once his feet and legs were done I took him into the bathroom and began grooming him with the clippers. I managed to get him all done before lunch and I even clipped his nails.

I was going to have some Mexican steak for lunch but my husband made some more broccoli and cheese soup and it was ready to eat. I poured me a bowl and when I finished I went into my freezer and cut me a piece of coconut bread. I defrosted the bread and ate it, completing my meal.

My husband was working on my mom's carpet shampooer so in order to test it, we used it on our carpets. The soap was not working when I brought it home and since he got it working, we shampooed the carpets in our living and dining rooms.

When I went out to feed my animals, I bred a couple of the rabbits. Now that it is so close to spring, I should not have any problems getting them bred.

Dinner was leftovers. My husband and I split the last of the Mexican steak and since that was not enough for me, I had a bowl of broccoli and cheese soup too.

Friday, 3.01.13

130-1/2 lbs.

Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Broccoli & cheddar cheese soup, coconut bread
Dinner: Mexican steak, broccoli & cheese soup

Carbs: coconut bread, tomatoes
Protein: cheese, steak
Vegetables: bell peppers, broccoli
Beverages: coffee, water


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Happy, Happy!

Dear Teri,

Happy, HAPPY PLANNIVERSARY! Aren't you thrilled to see a new low number? So very close to the 120s!

I, on the other hand, have not moved the scales one single nanometer in the past 2 weeks. I know I'm on the right path, so I'm not tempted to switch to another plan - like calorie counting, or super low fat (which would just leave me starving and cheating, anyway). I could be discouraged, but actually I'm feeling more motivated and stubborn than ever.

I've been following the Plan pretty carefully, but the big missing piece continues to be lack of any regular exercise to get my post-middle-age metabolism going. So today I took the first step. Literally. After a very busy - but not at all aerobic - day, I rummaged around in the lower shelf in my bedroom and came up with...guess what? A DVD I bought about 3 years ago. Inspired by none other than yourself, I had gotten one of those WATP DVDs - the 4 fast and furious miles one. I had never even gotten it out. That green band thing was still in its plastic.

I announced to DH and DD that I was taking over the TV and popped it in the DVD player. I knew I was only going to try doing the 1st mile. DD8 was very interested and started doing it with me. Ah, the boundless energy of a 3rd grader. She had already been roller skating for hours this afternoon, but completely unfazed began the routine beside me. She was having no problem and could probably finished off the 4 miles and done the whole thing over. It could have made me feel bad about being so out of shape, but actually it was pretty fun, and I'm looking forward to out next mother-daughter video workouts. I did stop after the first mile, but it really felt great just to move that much.

Thanks for being inspirational!



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Thank you for noticing. I knew my planniversary was approaching but I didn't realize it had passed until I read your post the day after.

If I may say, don't ever give up! In my opinion, this is the easiest program you will ever follow because we still get to eat the foods we love. I have been where you are many, many, and just in case I am not clear, too many times! Sure, it takes time, but I lost all of my weight, over 100 pounds, by following this program. In other words, if I can do it, so can you!

Congratulations on getting started with an exercise program. I like WATP because it does not seem like exercising to me. Tiny steps mean that you are moving, and including exercise or any activity, can only move you forward. I will admit that I am not surprised that your daughter joined you and I am happy to hear that she is active since a lot of kids these days are not.

Just to let you know, I am still learning!

Thanks for being here because whenever I get a post from you, it definitely brightens my day!


Greetings! Thanks for the encouragement. I'm nowhere near where I want to be in terms of exercise, but trying to form a new mental as well as physical habit.

One night this week I got home in time to try some more WATP, so I did Mile 4 which is where DD8 had left it. Man, I totally underestimated that toning band thingie! She's going, so now you're engaging your core and toning your mid-back muscles. And I'm thinking, yeah, sure. Till the next day. omg. My mid-back muscles certainly knew they'd been engaged! LOL And those benign-looking little kick-backs certainly got the attention of my hamstrings!

But it made me feel so good, I couldn't wait to try again on Saturday. This time I cued it up at mile #3, thinking I'll do miles 3 & 4. Which I did. But, man, that boosted walking nearly killed me! And then the toning band again. But this time I gave it the respect it deserved. I was totally drenched. And it was great.

On another note, DH has gone all low-fat, no dairy, no gluten, modified vegetarian on some Men's Health program that he saw on TV and ordered the book. He's been on it a couple of weeks. Lost about 5 pounds right away, but of course he's starving all the time. Cheating, too. More each day, or else I notice it more on the week-ends. So as I was eating my Reward Meal late this afternoon - a lavish salad of romaine and iceburg lettuce, diced celery, a sprinkling of diced onion tomato topped with generous portion of grilled shrimp; olive oil and vinegar dressing, a side of cheese nachos, followed by a dark chocolate Dove bar, I was totally satisfied and Rewarded and said, "O, man, I get to eat some really great food on my diet!" And he somewhat enviously agreed.

Lowest weight last week: 173.4#. So it doesn't look like I'll see the 160s before we leave for my Florida conference next week-end. But at least I'm moving in the right direction. Cheers!


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Time & Patience!

I know we have had this conversation before, but how much easier can this program be? We get to enjoy the foods we love, without depriving ourselves in any way. That, in itself, is worth the time it takes.

Also, everything I read tells me that the slower the weight loss, the better chance we have of it staying off. It is natural for us to want our excess weight to disappear as quickly as possible, but the only way that is going to happen is by following a strict program that tells us what we can and can not eat.

I am an adult and I never did like anyone telling me what to do. I can accept my choices, good and bad, and I now use them as a learning experience. It took me a long time to begin to focus on me, and the five years that I have invested in this program has been a valuable and positive experience, to say the least.

Keep doing what you are doing. As far as I know, we only have one life to live, one day at a time!

Metabolism revisited

I think I am finally making progress on my commitment to incorporating exercise into my routine life. I hope. Today makes 6 of 7 days that I have exercised as part of my daily schedule.
Whenever I get really serious about something like this, I need a Plan and some organization.
I like the WATP series because for one thing I actually can walk and it doesn't take a lot of room or equipment.
I ordered the Leslie Sansone Ultimate collection DVD which has a 1 mile, a 2 mile, a 3 mile and a 4 mile walk on it. It came with a walk band thing (DD8 appropriate the purple one long ago, so I get to keep the green one) and her 6-weeks plan book thrown in for free. So I started reading the book and decided it's actually something I can commit to. The first week is only a one mile walk each day with Sundays off. Which, I took Monday off instead because it's my very longest work day.
Today is the beginning of the 2nd week and I was actually excited to move on to the 2 mile walk. I was able to (almost) keep up and completed all 2 miles. Tomorrow I get to go back to a 1-mile walk which will probably seem very easy. She's very gentle with us beginners and doesn't keep urging me to do more than I can do but very reassuring and just do what you can and don't worry because you can't really do it wrong. Which is good motivating stuff for someone like me to listen to while I'm breaking a sweat.

I had the broccoli soup again today for lunch. Sat down beside DH and he said it smelled so good he went and got himself a bowl. I'll be taking it to work tomorrow as it has turned cold here again and soup will be the perfect lunch.



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Healthy Metabolism!

It is always nice to hear from you.

I definitely prefer Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds exercises more than any other exercises I have tried. Since I have been trying to get myself started on a regular exercise program the last few weeks, instead of putting it off any longer, I am going to use you and the fact that you have already begun your routine, as my motivation to finally get started. Your post and timing is perfect, so today is the day!

I am happy you and your husband are enjoying the broccoli cheddar soup recipe. Since we like it so much around here, we have been eating it fairly often.


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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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