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October, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

LowCarbForLife's picture

This will be my daily journal for the month of October.

My weight was 138-1/2 lbs. today. Needless to say, I was pleased with my results since I am back into the 130's again.

I have made a few changes to my diet the last few weeks because I am tired of watching my weight go up and down. Since I still want to lose more weight, I have been following a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet and it seems to be working. I am satisfied with my two meals each day and now that I have converted my body into a fat burner instead of a sugar burner, I am getting full on less food. The best part about this change is that I am not missing sugar at all. I never thought I would get to the point where I would not crave or want sugar, but I have!

The other thing I am doing is Intermittent Fasting. I have always been comfortable eating within an eight hour window, so that is the way I will continue to eat!

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08, spotty the last couple of years.
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-Men's Size XXL, Pants-Size 20W
Current Weight: 138.5 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Tops-Size Medium, Pants-Size 4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 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 – Lost 30+ lbs.

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 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

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 – Lost 9 lbs.

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, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs.

2012: 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, 12.31-134 - Lost 5.5 lbs.

2013: 1.01-133.5, 2.01-132.5, 3.01-130.5, 3.31-131, 5.01-135.25, 6.01-139, 7.01-142, 8.01-140.5, 8.31-140, 10.01-138.5

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alliejon's picture

Congrats on 130s!

Hi Teri,

Long time no see. I am still struggling to make a lifestyle change. I did well this summer - walking 2 miles almost every day and lost 15 pounds... I fell off the wagon again - gained it all back, and now I've lost 10 again. I wish I could keep going in the same down direction instead of gaining and losing the same 10-20 pounds for so many years!!!

I still find inspiration in your posts. I wish I could talk to you one day! (Let me know if you come to Florida!!). How did you get started when you first began the cad/calp lifestyle? What made it different from any other time you might have tried to make a change?

I have the protein and veggies here in the house that I need to make a good start. I am really out of control right now, and I just wish I had a controlled environment (detox) where I could have someone feed me delicious CAD meals each day for a few days!!!

I have much to be thankful for. I'm just feeling defeated when it comes to my weight, and now I'm in my mid 40s and starting to worry about my health more.


LowCarbForLife's picture

Health Versus Weight


So nice to hear from you. I am sorry you are having trouble making this a lifestyle change but it should become easier if your focus is now on your health instead of your weight.

Before my success on this program, I kept trying to lose weight by eating a low calorie diet. Because my willpower was strong I would lose some weight, feel deprived, resume the way I used to eat, and then gain more than I lost in the first place. Many years later and way too many ups and downs, I picked up the CALP book. When I took the test in the book, I found that I was close to a perfect score so I decided to try it. As far as I am concerned, CALP was made just for me.

CALP worked really well, but after a few months my weight loss became too slow. At that time my focus was on my weight and nothing else. Ten years later, I was three months shy of my 49th birthday and fully aware that my 50th was not too far away. Even though I was over 100 lbs. overweight, I was still capable of living an active lifestyle, but I always had an excuse and didn't seem to want to do anything.

I became desperate, even considering a liquid diet, but then I remembered how well CALP worked for me the first time I had tried it. This time, instead of making my weight the issue, I decided to focus on my health. I was already dealing with some family health issues and I knew that I was heading for my own if I did not do anything about it soon. I had loaned out my CALP book, but I remembered the three guidelines of the program, so I got started the following day.

My first meal was a Complementary Meal so around 11 a.m., or so, I had an omelet with meat and vegetables. That evening my Reward Meal began with a salad and then I fixed my plate with a bacon cheeseburger on a bun. To my surprise, I was full before I could finish my meal. My first day was easy and I didn't even miss the ice cream I would normally eat a few hours later.

As far as I was concerned, I had reached the point where I did not care how long it was going to take me to get my excess weight off because I was now doing it for my health. My desperation and determination helped to get my head in the right place. The way that I saw it was that I was free to eat anything that I wanted as long as I followed the guidelines of the program, so how could I ever feel deprived.

My diet has changed over the years and my choices have become healthier. I can still eat anything that I want but now that I am aware of how some foods affect me, it continues to remain my choice whether or not I will eat them. A couple of years ago I read the "Wheat Belly" book and because of what I read, I quit eating wheat. My carbohydrate preference has always been sweets so giving it up was easy for me.

Just recently, I began to eat a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet. The other day my husband and I went to a taqueria and I ordered a taco salad in a fried flour tortilla shell. The fried flour tortilla shell used to be my favorite part of the taco salad but the last couple of times I had one, I ate the filling and only ate a small amount of the shell. My tastes continue to change for the better and I even decided to give up my beloved sugar recently. The funny thing is that I decided to give it up a couple of days after I made some of my homemade cheesecake cupcakes. I put them in my freezer and to my surprise, I am not missing the sweet taste of sugar at all. Everything I have done has been a slow process, but the time was going to pass anyway, and I am closer to my ideal weight than I ever thought was possible.

I am now 54 years old, less than one year away from becoming a senior citizen. My weight is normal, my appetite is smaller, and I do not require any medication, because I am healthy. I feel younger than my age reflects and I am still eating anything and everything that I want. I never dreamed that I would become this successful in my weight loss journey and I can honestly say that, thanks to what I have learned over the years, my weight will fluctuate but I will never outgrow the clothes that I own ever again.

My advice for you would be to get the support that you need. There are other support groups besides the one you are on and I hope you will continue to use my site as well.

Get yourself started and don't quit. Even if you slip and fall, pick yourself right back up and don't allow more than one day to pass before you do. Believe me, the longer you allow carbohydrates to creep back into your diet, the harder it is to get started again.

Always try to remember that we can not eat carbohydrates like other people because over the years we have become insulin resistant which is an early sign of becoming a diabetic.

It is a slow process that does not happen overnight. Use the time to enjoy your life because you will become the healthy, happy, outgoing, person that you and your family deserve.

I wish there was something more I could do for you besides sharing my story and offering my support, but that is all I have to offer. I truly believe in this program but, the truth is, it is 100% up to you.

Your friend,


alliejon's picture

Thanks so much!

Well Teri - I just wrote a huge thank you and accidentally hit some sequence of keyboard keys and it was erased!!! Thanks so much!! I started fresh on CAD yesterday. This round I am telling myself it's a routine (like brushing my teeth) and it's just what I need to do for myself. I'm putting CAD to the test. Day 1 was great!! Day 2 is more of a struggle hunger wise.


LowCarbForLife's picture

Hunger = Eat


Don't make the transition back to CAD difficult. If you are hungry, eat! Just make sure to include both protein and vegetables each time that you do.

I know you always feel better after you get started with CAD so the main thing is to get started and you WILL get past the hungry stage. Limit your carbohydrates to once a day and that, in itself, will be a great start.

Wishing you the best,


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About LowCarbForLife

LowCarbForLife's picture

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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