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February, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of February. My weight dropped a pound since last month so I am still heading in the right direction.

I am still wheat and gluten free although I did have a small amount when I enjoyed sushi at a seafood buffet last month. I could not resist the deep fried prawn sushi and I didn't worry about any other wheat that I may have consumed in the marinades and sauces. I will be going back to the same restaurant one more time this month and since I did not notice any effects from eating the wheat, I will probably enjoy my food once again.

I am having problems trying to get started and stick to a dairy free lifestyle. I haven't noticed any difference in my skin rash so I don't believe I have a dairy allergy. I have been adding butter to my broccoli and spinach and want to continue because it tastes so good!

My low calorie, low carb experiment is over. I was not happy having to weigh and measure everything that I was eating and found it to be more of a hassle than it was worth. I love the freedom of following CALP!

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W

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. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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2013 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

Happy New Year!!!

I have been following The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program since 3/03/08. Over the years I have developed healthier eating habits and only last month, I started my own low carb, low calorie eating program. To be honest, the only thing I have done is to limit my calories by eating less. I gave up dairy last month, not because I went low calorie, but because I want to see if I am experiencing any allergies to it. Since I don't believe a month is long enough, I am going to continue to avoid it for awhile longer. Apparently, what I am doing appears to be working because I lost six pounds since the beginning of last month.

Last year, I stumbled upon a book called

As soon as I made it past the first chapter, I was ready to go wheat free. To be perfectly honest, it was not difficult for me because my preference has always been chocolate over wheat. I discovered that I can substitute coconut flour and/or nut flours for the wheat and white flour, and I still get to enjoy baked goods whenever I choose.

I managed to maintain my weight last year, keeping it within five pounds of 140 lbs. Since 140 lbs. is the top of my ideal weight range, my goal is to reach 125 lbs., which will put me close to the middle of my BMI range too.

Progress continues to be made with me only having to lose another eight and a half pounds for me to reach what I believe will be my ideal weight. My goal of becoming fit and healthy has been met, and the way I have it figured out is, I can continue to follow my low carb, low calorie diet for another six weeks or so, and then I will reach my ultimate goal. Of course, if I still have my belly flap when I reach it, I will decide if I can live with it or if I need to make myself another goal.

My daily entries will include my menu and exercises for each and every day!

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December, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of December!

This month brings Christmas and we are happily entertaining our family members at our house. This year we will be celebrating our holiday on Christmas Day. I have a small immediate family that includes both of my parents, my sister, my husband, and our three kids. My husband also has a small immediate family that includes his mom, and two brothers. Our families began to expand a few years ago when our oldest daughter married her high school sweetheart. With the addition of our son-in-law, our family continued to expand when my son became involved with a lovely girl that soon became his girlfriend. When they got together, she did not realize she was pregnant so we actually got a two for one deal when our lovely granddaughter was born into our family in April of this year. Our family is expanding slowly, and it will continue to expand when all of our kids settle down and begin to have families of their own.

My folks began a tradition of cooking certain foods on Christmas Eve and even though we have changed our celebration to Christmas Day, we continue to make the same foods that have become our tradition.

Our menu will include:

Snacks: potato chips & onion dip*; tortilla chips & salsa; spinach dip* & sour dough bread.

Main Meal: bone-in ham*; buffalo wings*; barbecue hot dogs*; green salad*; potato salad*, macaroni salad*, yams*, and bread*.

Desserts:

Candy: fudge*, toffee*, dark chocolate almond clusters*, dark chocolate coconut clusters*, dark chocolate peanut clusters*, milk chocolate coconut clusters, and milk chocolate peanut clusters*

Cookies: chocolate chip cookies*, oatmeal raisin cookies*, and peanut butter cookies*

* All of these items will be homemade.

Of course, it is only the beginning of the month so my menu is subject to change! Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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My Transition to Paleo/Primal Eating

I ventured into the Paleo/Primal way of eating not too long ago. Because of my long time desire to lose weight, I found the right program for me. No big story there, but the only way I ever found to lose weight and keep it off, was to begin the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. It took me a little less than four years to lose over 95 lbs., and I never felt deprived, even once. This way of eating was the perfect way for me to transition into healthier eating habits because it taught me how to limit my carbohydrates to once a day. I followed the three simple guidelines of the program and most of my weight disappeared. CALP, as it is referred to, was the best way for me to eat and lose weight because I did not have to give up any foods. The thought of giving up any foods was out of the question because every time I had to give them up in my past, it would be the beginning of another yo-yo cycle.

Following CALP was easy for me. Limiting carbohydrates while still allowing them every single day will always be my perfect way of eating. I stayed strict to the guidelines of the program and I believe that is the reason I lost most of my weight. After beginning this way of eating, I did not become hungry in between meals and I even looked forward to my other meals that were limited to protein and vegetables. The best part of my journey is that one meal each day will always include any carbohydrate I choose to put in it. Chocolate is a food that I love and I have never been able to live without it. Healthy or not, I actually lost most of my weight by using chocolate as one of my major food groups. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Weight Comparison – Then & Now

I have always been close to a petite size with my height of 5'3” tall. Before I got married in 1982, I had turned 23 years old a few months before, and my weight had been hovering around 140 lbs. This was the heaviest weight I had ever reached and I believe I never saw a higher number because of my success at yo-yo dieting. The only diet I had ever tried during that time was a low fat diet and because of my hunger, it took every bit of willpower I had for me to be able to stay on it.

The day of my wedding, I had reached a low weight of 118 lbs. I was successful in dieting myself back to a normal weight, but I only went from a tight size 10 to a loose size 8. Back then I did not exercise, so the weight that I carried was mostly fat since it did not include any lean tissue or muscle mass.

Only two years later, 1984, my weight was right back to hovering around 140 lbs., which was around the time I got pregnant with my first daughter. The day of her birth, my weight was around 210 lbs., and six weeks later it stabilized around 170 lbs. I continued to fight my weight using a low fat diet and every ounce of willpower I had. I gained and lost several pounds over the years, actually reaching the 160s at one point. I was really good at yo-yo dieting by the time my second daughter was born almost four years later, and even better when my son was born only fourteen months after that.

Over the years, I continued with my yo-yo dieting, usually losing around ten pounds at a time before I would stop. The pattern continued, I would get tired of being hungry all the time, feel deprived, and would resume eating the foods that I thought were healthy, eventually gaining more weight than I lost. Since my pattern had always been to gain more weight than I lost, my weight kept creeping higher. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Exercise and Weight Loss

I was surfing the net the other day and I stumbled across a forum where someone was disappointed in the weight gain that they experienced as the result of introducing exercise into their program. This person wanted to know if exercise is necessary for weight loss? I took the time to read the responses and found that some of them were for it and others were against it. The worst part about wasting my time reading the responses was how disrespectful some of them were to the other responders when they did not agree.

If I were to answer the simple question, my answer would be that exercise is not necessary to lose weight! However, I have never heard of anyone beginning a “diet” or “weight loss program” for the one day results their scale would provide the following day. As far as I am concerned, there is much more to weight loss than the fluctuating numbers our scales provide on a given day. The fact is, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh exactly the same since a pound is a pound, but the major difference is density. Fat takes up more volume, or space, than muscle, which results in the flabby look of fat instead of the lean look of muscle. For that reason alone, I believe exercise is a good idea!

My goal from the beginning of my journey has always been to become fit and healthy. On 3.03.08, I was 48 years old, only three months away from my 49th birthday. I was the heaviest weight I had ever been and I was disgusted with myself once again. My desperation in losing weight had me looking into every diet possible, including a liquid diet and bariatric surgery. Since my common sense told me that all of the diets I considered would be expensive as well as temporary, I needed to find a long term solution that I could follow for the rest of my life. Then I remembered a diet that I had tried several years prior called the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program, and not only did it work well for me back then, it was really easy for me to follow. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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October, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day since it definitely makes a difference on my scale!

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
10.01.12 - 139.5 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

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

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What Really Works for Weight Loss?

Most weight loss articles I read want to sell me something.....prepackaged food, supplements, vitamins, etc. I have nothing to sell and I did not write the book I follow, but it works for me. The battle of the bulge will always be a fight left to the individual since we all know that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. A couple of articles I have read recently suggest eating protein, vegetables, and fruits five days a week, leaving the weekends open to include carbohydrates. One of the programs suggests consuming carbohydrates of your choice over a twenty four hour period, and the other one allows whole grains on the weekends.

As a longtime fighter of my weight, with pure determination I continued to fight my battle of the bulge. Along the way I would give up, become frustrated, and then I would begin fighting again. My fight lasted over twenty five years and I can honestly say that I am finally winning. I am selfish and don't want to have to wait until the weekend to enjoy carbohydrates. I want to be able to include carbohydrates on a daily basis and found the right program for me over ten years ago although I only began to take it seriously 4-1/2 years ago. In my case, desperation lead me back to the only program that was easy for me and I actually enjoyed following. I eat whatever I want and follow the three simple guidelines of the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. I have lost a considerable amount of weight over the years and have always eaten what I love. I found something I can stick to and soon after beginning this plan, I accepted CALP as my lifelong way of eating. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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September, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day since it definitely makes a difference on my scale!

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
9.01.12 - 142 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

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

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July, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
7.01.12 - 143 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141, 6.01-141, 7.01-143

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