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10.06.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is still the same as yesterday, 138 lbs.

I began my morning with my two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to each cup. Because of my hot flashes, I am not having any trouble limiting my coffee to two cups and if that doesn't take care of them in the next few weeks, I will limit my decaf coffee to one cup. The only reason I know that it is the coffee that is causing my hot flashes is because I found that when I quit drinking regular coffee, they went away.

I had a chicken salad for lunch. Yesterday, my husband made a chicken recipe with chicken breasts, homegrown bell peppers, onions, homegrown tomatoes, and spices. Since this meat mixture is great in a taco, burrito, and/or salad, I made us a couple of salads. Mine included about two or three cups of lettuce, two stalks of celery, and about four slices of our homegrown cucumber. I topped my salad with about a cup of the chicken recipe and enjoyed a chicken taco salad.

I am guessing that I did not have enough protein with my earlier meal because I became hungry a bit earlier than normal. My husband had defrosted a New York steak earlier for our dinner so I requested we have our meal about a half an hour before we usually do. He started the barbecue and then seasoned our steak with salt, pepper, and garlic. While the steak was cooking, I cleaned some celery and stuffed a few small stalks with cream cheese for me. I started my meal with the celery stuffed with cream cheese and when the steak was ready, my husband cut it into two pieces and added half of it to my plate. Because I was hungry, my appetite allowed me to eat the entire half of my steak, and it was delicious.

Sunday, 10.06.13

Weight
138 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery, cucumber, & chicken w/bell peppers, onions, tomatoes
Dinner: New York steak, celery w/cream cheese, mushrooms

Carbs: onions, tomatoes
Protein: chicken, steak Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.05.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped an entire pound and I weigh 138 lbs. It is really nice to see my scale continue in the right direction and I will attribute that to my new way of eating. I am pleased that I was able to eat sugar on a daily basis and still lose weight throughout my CALP journey, but it really does make sense that in order to lose more weight, I could not continue to eat sugar everyday.

The last time my weight reached the 130s, I was keeping track of my calories. I have always loved the freedom of CALP because I never had to count anything, so calorie counting by measuring and weighing my food got old real fast. Just like all of my temporary diets in the past, as soon as I resumed eating the amount of food that satisfied me, my appetite increased and it did not take long for my weight to go right back to where it was before I began counting calories.

I have been successful in maintaining my weight the last two years but I still have a belly flap. CALP has been working well for me but in order to reach my ideal weight I had to make other adjustments to my diet. By following a low carbohydrate, high fat, high protein diet, I am able to follow the WHEN diet, “When Hunger Ensues Naturally.” I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP, but I have reached the point where I don't need any carbohydrates, other than the carbohydrates in my vegetables, to be happy with my meal.

I never thought I would be able to eliminate sugar from my diet, but now that I have these past few weeks, I don't miss it at all. Just like wheat, sugar is addictive to me. I know that once I start, it is all I can think about and I even have to force myself to stop eating it. Because I don't want to become addicted to it again, I will enjoy sugar on occasion but I certainly don't need to eat it on a daily basis anymore. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.04.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is exactly the same as yesterday, 139 lbs.

I have been suffering with my hot flashes the last couple of weeks and last night I experienced some night sweats so I am finally ready to give up one cup of my decaf coffee each day. Instead of drinking three cups of decaf coffee with cream, I limited my coffee to two cups of decaf coffee with cream this morning. Because I enjoy my coffee every morning and it does not seem to affect my weight loss, I was hoping I could continue to drink three cups each day. Now that it is affecting my sleep, I am finally ready to eliminate that third cup.

My husband and I picked up a pork roast when we were at the store the other day so we decided to have it for lunch. He seasoned it with salt and pepper and stuck it into the oven. When it was almost ready, I began making us each a salad. Mine included about two cups of romaine lettuce, a stalk and a half of celery, about four cut up slices of our homegrown cucumber, and about a tablespoon of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. The roast was ready the same time as our salads so I fixed my saucer with about four ounces of pork roast and completed my meal with my salad.

Tonight was leftovers for dinner. My husband had some leftover chicken legs and I had about a quarter of my leftover New York steak. He placed my steak and mushrooms, as well as his chicken legs, into the toaster oven to warm them up. He also steamed some fresh spinach and when it was ready he added butter and salt. My meal consisted of about four ounces of New York steak, half of the six leftover mushrooms, and a small bowl of spinach. It was delicious and even though I would have eaten more if there was any, I was definitely satisfied with the amount of food I had to eat!

Friday, 10.04.13

Weight
139 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery, cucumber, & vinaigrette, pork roast
Dinner: New York steak, mushrooms, spinach

Carbs: none Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.03.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is 139 lbs., up a pound since yesterday. Even though I skipped dinner last night I expected my weight to pop up because of all of the carbohydrates I ate for lunch yesterday. Since I don't intend on eating anywhere near the amount of carbohydrates in my immediate future, I will see how long it will take for me to lose it again.

I enjoyed three cups of decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream. I still enjoy my coffee each morning but it is definitely getting easier for me to stop at three cups each day.

My husband defrosted a New York steak for our lunch. We purchased a slab of New York steaks a week ago and he cut it into one inch steaks. Since neither one of us wants to eat a whole steak, we have been sharing one. He started the barbecue and seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. We also had a bag of broccoli from Costco so he steamed the entire bag since it does not stay fresh in the refrigerator as long as we would like. Whenever I eat steak, I like mushrooms to go along with it. My husband sliced about six of them and sauteed them in coconut oil. When everything was ready, I fixed my plate with half of the steak, half of the mushrooms, and my husband fixed me a small bowl of broccoli with butter. I enjoyed my meal and I was surprised when I still had half of my steak and some broccoli left, because I was full. I grabbed a storage container and placed the rest of my steak, broccoli, and the remaining mushrooms into it for another time.

When it came time for dinner my husband defrosted a couple of pork chops and seasoned them with salt and pepper. He cooked them in a cast iron pan of bacon grease while I made us each a salad. My salad included about two cups of romaine lettuce and a stalk and a half of celery. I made some fresh vinaigrette dressing with mustard, coconut vinegar, coconut oil, and olive oil. I drizzled some dressing onto my salad and enjoyed my pork chop along with my salad.

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10.01.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped another quarter of a pound and I weigh 138-1/2 lbs.

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

My husband defrosted a couple of pork chops for our lunch and seasoned them with salt and pepper. He fried them in a cast iron pan of bacon grease and I definitely enjoyed mine. I am out of lettuce and I didn't want to have to wait for my husband to make us some zucchini so I cleaned the last of the celery and my half included two stalks, one small and one medium.

My husband defrosted four pieces of tilapia for our dinner. He seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and paprika. He fried them in a combination of butter and coconut oil and when they were ready, he served me two small pieces. He also fried us some of our homegrown zucchini in coconut oil and when I finished my meal, I was full!

Tuesday, 10.01.13

Weight
138-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Pork chop, celery
Dinner: Tilapia, zucchini

Carbs: none
Protein: pork chop, tilapia
Vegetables: celery, zucchini
Other: cream
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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9.30.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped another quarter of a pound and I weigh 138-3/4 lbs. Tomorrow is the first of the month and if all goes well tomorrow morning, I will still be in the 130s.

I enjoyed all three cups of my decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream. As I mentioned previously, it is getting easier to stop at three cups since I am still experiencing hot flashes.

We had leftovers for lunch today. We still had some stuffed zucchini left from the other day so instead of sticking it in the freezer, I decided to have it for lunch. My husband had leftovers as well but he had some sausage to go along with his small piece of stuffed zucchini. Again, when I finished my meal, I was full and did not want or need anything else to eat.

The one thing I have noticed about my much smaller appetite is that I do get hungry around dinner time. Since I usually eat my lunch around noon and dinner around 6 p.m., I am well within the eight hour window of Intermittent Fasting.

We still had a half of a chicken leftover from the other day so my husband warmed it in the toaster oven. While the chicken was warming, he opened up a can of black olives and I had about four of them. Since I only eat white meat, I enjoyed the breast and wing while my husband finished off the leg and thigh. My appetite was satisfied with the chicken so I did not bother fixing any vegetables to go along with this meal.

Monday, 9.30.13

Weight
138-3/4 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Stuffed zucchini w/ground beef, sausage, tomato sauce, and cheese
Dinner: Chicken breast & wing, olives

Carbs: olives, tomato sauce
Protein: beef, cheese, chicken, sausage
Vegetables: zucchini
Other: cream
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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9.29.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped another one half pound and I weigh 139 lbs. I am still following a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate way of eating and to be perfectly honest, this is the way I prefer to eat. Regarding my weight, so far, so good!

I enjoyed my three cups of decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream. I almost stopped at two cups but I have accepted that I am still not there yet. At this point, I really am curious to see if I can continue to drink three cups of decaf coffee each morning and see if my hot flashes will go away.

My husband defrosted a New York steak for our lunch. He only defrosted one steak because when we bought them, he cut them about an inch thick. I made us each a salad and mine included about two cups of romaine lettuce, a stalk of celery, and some of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. The steak was seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika and while it was cooking on the barbecue he sliced about six mushrooms. They were sauteed in coconut oil and when the steak and mushrooms were both ready, he cut the steak in half and placed one half on my plate and the other half on his. I finished my salad before I began eating my steak and when I was about halfway through my steak, I stopped eating because I was full. Let me just say that this is so unlike me because I have never had any problem finishing a steak!

I was hungry when it came time for dinner. I was looking forward to my leftover steak and mushrooms for my meal since they both tasted so good earlier. I was happy with my meal but if I would have had more steak on my plate, I would have eaten more.

Sunday, 9.29.13

Weight
139 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery and vinaigrette, New York steak, mushrooms
Dinner: New York steak, mushrooms

Carbs: none
Protein: steak
Vegetables: celery, lettuce, mushrooms
Other: cream, dressing
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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9.28.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped a quarter of a pound and I weighed 139-1/2 lbs. I love the new way that I am eating because when I finish my meals, I feel full!

I enjoyed three cups of decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream. I am not having any problems stopping at three because I am still feeling the effects of drinking more than that a day. Since it took a couple of weeks for it to begin to affect my hot flashes, I expect it will take a couple of weeks to get it out of my system. I hate it when my face and body get all sweaty because my face has the appearance of a glazed donut.

My husband made a batch of bacon and when he offered me some, I accepted. He gave me two pieces but after I finished the first one, I did not want anymore. Instead of eating the second one, I gave it back to my husband and he ate it. This is so unlike me!

We picked a huge zucchini out of our garden and decided to stuff it with some meat sauce my husband had frozen. The meat sauce recipe is an old family spaghetti sauce recipe that contains beef, sausage, and, of course, tomatoes and spices. When it was ready, he sprinkled some mozzarella cheese over the top. My serving size was substantial because of the size of the zucchini and I ate most of it, saving the rest for another time. Again, I ate until I was satisfied without overeating!

Dinner was leftover chicken. I got ready to make us each a salad and then I remembered that I had eaten quite a bit of zucchini with my earlier meal, so I did not bother. My husband warmed us each a chicken breast and wing and when I finished mine, I did not want anymore food.

Saturday, 9.29.13

Weight
139-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream, bacon
Lunch: Stuffed zucchini w/meat sauce & cheese
Dinner: Chicken breast & wing

Carbs: tomato sauce
Protein: bacon, beef, cheese, chicken, sausage
Vegetables: zucchini
Other: cream
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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9.27.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight popped up a pound to 139-3/4 lbs. I expected my weight to creep up because of the salty crab legs I had the night before and I was happy to see that it did not reach the 140's.

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

My mom and sister were going home this evening so I got ready to meet them at the casino so I could hang out with them for awhile before they left.

My preference was to eat lunch before I went so my husband seasoned a couple of whole chickens with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika before smoking them on the barbecue. When they were ready he served me a breast and wing. I ate both the breast and wing and when I finished I was full so I did not bother with any vegetables.

After lunch I went to the casino and hung out with my mom and sister until they left for home. They ended up eating dinner at the cafe and even though I sat with them, I did not order anything to eat since I was looking forward to my leftover ribs at home.

When I arrived home, I made my husband and I our salads while he warmed up our ribs. I have a couple of homegrown cucumbers that are not quite ready to pick so my salad consisted of about two cups of romaine lettuce, one stalk of celery, and some of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. I enjoyed two ribs with my salad and when I finished them, I did not want anymore food.

Friday, 9.28.13

Weight
139-3/4 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Chicken
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/celery and vinaigrette, pork ribs

Carbs: none
Protein: chicken, ribs
Vegetables: celery, lettuce
Other: cream, dressing
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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9.26.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped another three quarters of a pound and I weighed 138-3/4 lbs. Apparently, my new experiment is working!

I enjoyed three cups of decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream.

My mom and sister came up to the casino yesterday so I will be visiting them today. I wanted to eat lunch before I left because my husband had some pork ribs smoking on the barbecue. He seasoned them with his recipe of Emeril's Blast and when they were almost ready, I made us each a salad. My salad included about two cups of romaine lettuce, a stalk of celery and some of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. I was only able to eat two ribs and when I finished them, I did not want to eat anymore food.

I went to the casino after lunch and I stayed for about three hours. When I got ready to go home, my mom asked me to stay and have dinner with them. We went to the buffet and I had a piece of blackened sirloin steak, crab legs, and zucchini. I probably ate more than I would have if I was home, but the majority of the food I ate was crab legs.

After dinner my sister, mom, and I went to the hotel to watch a karaoke contest. I love music and I have never seen anyone do karaoke, except my kids. I enjoyed it and had a good time. After the karaoke contest, we were given $10 in free play so I walked over to the casino and played mine before I left for home.

Thursday, 9.26.13

Weight
138-3/4 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery and vinaigrette dressing, pork ribs
Dinner: (Buffet) sirloin steak, crab legs, zucchini

Carbs: none
Protein: crab, ribs, steak
Vegetables: celery, lettuce, zucchini
Other: cream, dressing
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None

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