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CALP & Me!

This is the first and only weight loss program that I have ever been able to follow where the thought of following it for the rest of my life is possible!

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CALP Diet Results and Progress Report - January 2011

Background

There are many diet and weight loss programs out there and what works for me may not necessarily work for someone else. It is really easy to follow a program short term, but the problem with that is, we revert back to our old ways of eating and the weight creeps back on, one pound at a time. I have lost hundreds of pounds over the years but it has always been the same twenty or thirty pounds over and over again. I would be successful in getting started, lose weight, and then I would have to rely on total willpower to keep at it until sticking to it would result in total failure.

I discovered the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) ten years earlier, and lost over 50 pounds while on it. I found it to be the easiest weight loss program that I had ever followed and when my weight loss slowed, I started looking for faster ways to lose weight.

A misstep

I felt so confident with my ability to follow a low carb lifestyle that I decided to give Atkins a try. I was able to get started on Atkins and lose a few more pounds, but it did not take me long to discover that it was too strict for me. I felt so deprived while on Atkins, missing the carbohydrates that I was allowed to eat while following CALP, that I lost complete control, got frustrated with dieting, and failed at another attempt to finally lose my excess weight.

My clothes told the tale

With my weight jumping up and down, my bathroom scale became something to be avoided over the years. I gave up dieting but in order to maintain my weight, I had to deny myself foods because I could not control myself.

When I discovered that the largest pair of jeans in my drawer were too small, I knew it was time for a change. It was not important for me to know my actual weight since I could tell that I was getting heavier based on the clothes that I was able to wear. I had t-shirts in sizes M to XXL and my jeans varied from sizes 14 to 18.

Growing out of the largest clothes that I owned was a good indication that my weight was close to 236 pounds. which was the highest number that I had ever seen on my scale. Since buying clothes in a larger size was just not something that I was willing to do, again, I became determined to find the perfect diet for me.

Looking for a quick fix and coming to my senses

I knew I had a lot of weight to lose and began searching for something that would work fairly fast. My youngest daughter, 19 at the time, had ordered Nutrisystem and I actually considered trying it myself until I saw it. I was becoming so desperate that I even considered purchasing a liquid diet. After about three months of looking for quick fixes, I finally came to my senses and decided that the cost of one of those programs would have a long term negative effect on my bank account and they would definitely not teach me how to eat in the long run. Past experience taught me that the best program for me would be to find one that I could follow for the rest of my life. I was searching for information when I remembered how easy CALP was for me to follow the first time. Since I had already made up my mind that I was going to get started on getting myself into better shape, I was finally ready to give CALP and me another chance.

A new beginning

I began following CALP once again on March 3, 2008. Our kids were becoming young adults when my husband mentioned to me that we were both getting older and remaining active was going to be important to our future. I had been battling my weight for the last twenty four years of my life and I was fortunate that I did not have any major health problems during that time.

The first day of the rest of my life began just like every other one, with two cups of black coffee. I consider coffee my breakfast since hunger never does affect me until late morning or noon. My first meal on CALP was a Complementary Meal that consisted of a two or three egg omelet with plenty of bacon, cheese, mushrooms, & spinach. It was extremely filling and I did not become hungry until it was time for dinner four or five hours later. My Reward Meal began with two cups of lettuce salad that I drizzled with Ranch dressing. I then prepared the bun of my bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, & tomato. Since there was not enough vegetables to balance with the rest of my meal, I also included a side dish of steamed asparagus that I drizzled with mayonnaise. At the end of my first day, I did not feel as if I was dieting in any way and felt as if my future on this program was looking pretty good!

Working out and Getting Fit

Since getting myself into better shape was just as important as getting the excess weight off this time, I introduced the option of exercise into my program. Exercise has never been a steady part of my life and my experience only came from what I have learned over the years. Since I knew that I wanted to begin strength training, my husband and I purchased a Bowflex home gym. Our youngest daughter and son were still living with us at the time and I thought it would be something that could be useful to all of us. I also wanted to begin Walk Away the Pounds so I purchased a couple of DVDs to get started with. I began exercising on April 14, 2008 and established a 6 days a week schedule alternating cardio with strength training.

After two months of following this way of eating, my clothes were becoming too big and I was finally ready to find out what I weighed. When I stepped on the scale on May 6, 2008, I weighed 218 pounds and was feeling pretty good about myself. I was eating healthier by including vegetables and protein in every one of my meals and limiting carbohydrates to only one of them (the 'reward meal' or 'RM') helped to stabilize my insulin levels. From the first day that I started this way of eating, it has felt natural to me.

Ten months after beginning CALP and eight months after including exercise into my program, I began 2009 at 188 lbs. The weight was coming off slowly and I was seeing results by getting into my size 16W jeans. I was extremely pleased with my loss of over thirty pounds the year before and I looked forward to losing more weight in the coming year. I was only twenty pounds away from the lowest weight that I had seen in over twenty four years, and my confidence in following the program remained high.

Staying the course

Following the guidelines of the program continued to be easy for me. My food choices were mine and I made sure to include the foods that I loved. I was eating fresh, delicious, whole foods and did not have to give up the one thing that I never could before, chocolate. I was establishing a way of eating that worked out really well for me and found that eating the right combination of foods helped to keep me hunger free for hours. My exercise program was also working out really well for me and the results were becoming obvious. I introduced Callanetics into my exercise program in November, 2009, and have found that it has been helping to tone and shape my body. It was exciting to be able to get into the smaller clothes that were in my closet and when they all became too big, I was thrilled to have to go out and buy smaller sizes. Since I did not intend on staying in any one size for very long, I began shopping at thrift stores.

Slow and steady

I began 2010 at 164 lbs., with another year and twenty three and a half more pounds gone! I was experiencing weight loss, learning how to eat properly, getting myself into better shape, and dining like a queen! I continued to eat normally by balancing my meals and when the scale would bounce around, I did my best to ignore it. I continued to fit into smaller clothes and thrift store shopping has become an addiction to me. My husband and I spent a week in Hawaii with my sister and her friend and we also took a ten day cruise to Alaska with my folks. I had no problem following my program while traveling and do not believe that it has ever been easier. I am experiencing wonderful results and it is hard for me to believe that I am unrecognizable to friends that I have not seen in awhile.

Nearing my goal

I began 2011 at 150 lbs., another fourteen pounds gone! I am now wearing a size 6 jeans even though I am only 5'3” tall. My upper body is a size M and I was even able able to purchase a couple of larger size fitting blouses in a size S. My eating program continues to be automatic and my exercise program is still on schedule most of the time. I have come to recognize when I am hungry and I make sure to include the foods that I enjoy whenever that time comes. I look and feel so much better and I am proud of the choices that I am making for myself. I eat the foods that I want to eat, exercise, and I hope to live the rest of my life the best that I possibly can. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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The Glutton's Diet

Josh Ozersky, writing in Time Magazine online edition, describes his new diet. Down 22 lbs. in four months (he said he was inching towards 'three bills', which I assumes means 300 lbs. before starting the diet).

Guess what? He's watching his carbs and not depriving himself:

4. Have a Sausagefest
The one thing I more or less had to stick with was being a hawk on carbs.
[...]
The main thing I did was fill the refrigerator with high-quality meat treats[.]
[...]
5. Use a Release Valve
Despite the anorexic motto, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels," a dieting fat person needs regular fixes, life-giving pleasure boosts to keep them from obsessing about egg foo yung.
[...]

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Diabetes to double or triple by 2050: government report

Well, it looks as if the 'carbs are good for you, meat and fat are bad for you' party line's chickens are coming home to roost–and it's an impressive flock:

WASHINGTON | Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:38am EDT
(Reuters) - Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.

The numbers are certain to go up as the population gets older, but they will accelerate even more unless Americans change their behavior, the CDC said.

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Nutritional Ignorance and the Popular Press

Nutritional ignorance abounds in the popular press. Dr. Eades rips apart a fluff piece on snacking he found in a golf magazine.

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"An Entirely Different Person"

I found this response to my photos on one of the forums that I frequent.

Re: Teri Before Photos

Wow.

I'm not speechless all that often, but this time words fail me. A picture
really is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

You look like an entirely different person. and about 25 years younger. Do you
often run into people who don't recognize you?

I'm re-inspired. Again.

Over the last twelve years of living in this small town, there are quite a few people that I have met over the years. My friends have been watching me take this journey, but they are still surprised how well my program is working. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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6.25.10, Low Carb Diet Journal

Thursday, 6.24.10

Weight
158 lbs.

Menu
CM: 2 cups of black coffee
RM: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, colby cheese, cucumber, & ranch, chili verde burrito, and a dark chocolate almond cluster
CM: Marsala chicken w/mushrooms & mozzarella cheese, and asparagus w/mayo

Water
100 oz.

Options
Leslie Sansone, Walk at Home, Walk Slim, Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles w/toning band.
Mile 1: Get Started with a 15 minute mile
Mile 2: Faster pace - a 12 minute mile
Mile 3: BOOSTED walking - a 10 minute mile
Mile 4: Add the firm Band for a big muscle BOOST - 15 minute mile
I completed all 4 miles with the firm band!
2010: 217 miles!
June goal: 51 miles!
39 out of 51 completed!

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The high fructose corn syrup wars: New studies spark debate

The High-Fructose Corn Syrup ("HFCS") debate continues...

The HFCS wars are heating up. Another study shows problems with HFCS consumption:

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) accounts for as much as 40% of caloric sweeteners used in the United States. Some studies have shown that short-term access to HFCS can cause increased body weight, but the findings are mixed. The current study examined both short- and long-term effects of HFCS on body weight, body fat, and circulating triglycerides. In Experiment 1, male Sprague-Dawley rats were maintained for short term (8weeks) on (1) 12h/day of 8% HFCS, (2) 12h/day 10% sucrose, (3) 24h/day HFCS, all with ad libitum rodent chow, or (4) ad libitum chow alone. Rats with 12-h access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than animals given equal access to 10% sucrose, even though they consumed the same number of total calories, but fewer calories from HFCS than sucrose. In Experiment 2, the long-term effects of HFCS on body weight and obesogenic parameters, as well as gender differences, were explored. Over the course of 6 or 7months, both male and female rats with access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than control groups. This increase in body weight with HFCS was accompanied by an increase in adipose fat, notably in the abdominal region, and elevated circulating triglyceride levels. Translated to humans, these results suggest that excessive consumption of HFCS may contribute to the incidence of obesity.
Source: High-fructose corn syrup causes characteristics of obesity in rats: Increased body weight, body fat and triglyceride levels. [NIH]

Taken together, it appears that rats (especially males) are able to adjust their caloric intake when given access to small amounts of sucrose, but not so much when given equivalent amounts of HFCS. Earlier work has shown that access to higher levels of sucrose or other sugars, though, will indeed cause rats to gain weight. But not everyone, it seems, even sees these effects. A study from last December looked at a variety of sweetened waters, given to rats 12 hours/day for ten weeks, but only three days out of each week. No differences in weight were seen, although it should be noted that in head-to-head tests, the rats preferred HFCS to agave or Stevia sweeteners. (I wish this group had run sucrose in this experiment, too).
Source: Rats and High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Counterpoints

(CNN) -- Acolytes of "Food Rules" guru Michael Pollan and other well-meaning foodies who've made corn a scapegoat for the nation's health crises have welcomed a new study from Princeton University that suggests high-fructose corn syrup causes more significant weight gain than table sugar.
But the findings have been criticized by food science experts and industry veterans, who say the study unfairly demonizes corn syrup and implicitly absolves cane sugar of responsibility for making Americans fat.
Source: Latest high-fructose corn syrup study generates buzz, debate

Every day, more people are pointing out flaws in last month’s Princeton University study finding that rats fed high fructose corn syrup gained more weight than rats fed sucrose (table sugar). The authors of the research speculated that this could signify that high fructose corn syrup has a unique role in fueling America’s “obesity epidemic.” Earlier in the week, however, nutrition professor Marion Nestle detailed her confusion about how the researchers could have reached that conclusion. Today Washington Post health writer Jennifer LaRue Huget voices her skepticism with the Princeton study, writing that the evidence is “not convincing enough” to support the authors’ speculations.
Source: Skepticism Grows About High Fructose Corn Syrup Hype

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One month already!!!

Yesterday marked 1 month of my CALP experience. I cannot beleive that I have come this far on this programme. On other diets, I would have fallen off the band wagon 50 times already by now but on CALP I had gone off 3 times only to date. My first was at my inlaw's house and the 2nd & 3rd was during a recent 2-day office retreat. I notice that I have no difficulty following CALP when I am on my own but cave in when I am following other people's eating schedule. I know it was nobody's fault but my own. I should have been stronger and just say no. But often , I dont have the heart to dissapoint them when they have gone to so much trouble preparing food for me. hmmm.... i wonder how most of you out there deal with situations like this? Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

My CALP Experience - 1st Month 26th day

i have a confession to make. yesterday morning started off pretty well. had 2 eggs and water for breakfast and planned to have coleslaw, fried chicken and a slice of apple pie for my lunch reward meal. but things didn't go as planned!

sent son for class at 12noon and was supposed to be back in the office by 1, have lunch between 1.15 to 2 then attend a meeting at 2.30. managed to reach office only 2pm only and was dying for lunch so decided to have my reward meal anyway.

planned menu of coleslaw, fried chicken and a slice of apple pie flew out of the window and ate whatever was available at the office cafe. Practically inhaled 1 bowl of curry mee ( too much mee with bits and pieces of chicken and veggie only) and 1 tuna sandwich with mayo and slices of cucumber and tomato. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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