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November, 2011 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

I will make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Every entry will include my menu and exercises from the previous day!

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

Weight Loss Results:
11.01.11 - 139 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, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01.11-139

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Motivation: Health!

My mother, 71, has COPD and she has been off and on oxygen for the last ten years. Breast cancer entered her life over five years ago and she has been dependent on oxygen ever since her surgery. Her breast surgery went well and she remains cancer free, but there is no recovery for COPD. Over the years the amount of oxygen she requires has risen, but I am happy to say that she remains active.

Two weeks ago, mom was hospitalized with respiratory failure. I packed an overnight bag and stayed with her at the hospital and when she was discharged, I helped her at home. She is recovering well and when I left to return home, she was playing her weekly Mah Jong game with her friends.

My motivation in beginning this program was to take control of my health since my genes are not something I can depend on. Before I began this program, I could not control my sweet tooth. The worst part was that I loved food too! Both of my maternal grandparents lived with diabetes and due to my lack of control, I suspected I was heading down the same road.

My paternal grandparents both died from heart attacks and cancer took both of my maternal grandparents. My father, 75, ended up having two heart attacks several years ago and he was diagnosed with diabetes last year when he was hospitalized in a diabetic coma. The emergency room staff were unable to get a glucose reading for the first three hours he was there and when they did, it was 1141, not a typo, eleven hundred and forty one! Needless to say, it took him three days to become aware of where he was and when he was released from the hospital, he was sent home with insulin so he could give himself injections. My father was able to stop giving himself insulin injections after the first month and since he quit eating sugar, he has been able to keep his insulin levels under control. As a matter of fact, he has been doing so well that he no longer believes he is a diabetic, although he continues to monitor it. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

First Time Blogger

I'm new to this blog business but not to low the carb diet. This is probably a little longer than a blog post should be. I'll be briefer in the future.

I guess the gist of this entry is: don’t follow a diet plan that is not realistically sustainable. I know… it’s not a diet; it’s a way of eating for life. I have had to tell this to all of my relatives.

In 1995 I tried the Atkins diet. I was a traveling "road" musician at the time and had horrible eating habits. We would play our gig for the night, go out and eat a dinner-sized meal at 2:30 in the morning and then go to bed. I ate lots of rich hotel food and my weight in fast food! Although I have always eaten whole grain, skim milk, etc., all of the other goodies packed on the pounds.

Standing in front of crowds every night, I had to do something about my weight! In 1994 I decided to give the Atkins diet plan a shot. I went from 205 to 180 in 6 months. In fact, my whole band tried it. Fast forward to 1987. My 25 lbs is back on with an additional 20 lbs more. However, the Atkins diet was the best diet I had ever tried - to that point.

I married in 1987 and since then my wife and I have tried every diet known to man, i.e, South Beach, Mediterranean Diet, Jenny Craig, etc. We have eaten funky dried food, have had food shipped to the house in freezer containers – you name it. At the end of the day, the only real loss was to our bank account!

In December of 2010, my wife showed me an article by scientific writer/reporter Gary Taubes. I read it, bought his book (Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It) and 10 months later, I have lost 35 lbs. My wife lost 20+; I’m not sure exactly because she won't tell me what she weighs. I do know she has gone from pushing hard to a size 16 to, as she puts it, to a comfortable 12.

The Taubes book (see web site links below) isn’t a diet book but a treatise on the subject of why and how carbohydrates affect your body. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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October, 2011 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

I will make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Every entry will include my menu and exercises from the previous day!

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

Weight Loss Results:
10.01.11 - 140 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, 9.03-139, 10.01-140

Getting Started

I've given this a lot of thought. I'm 22 weeks into my pregnancy and I know without a doubt that I feel better and have more focus when I moderate my carbohydrate intake. The sugar cravings go away and I have a lot more energy.

I read CAD sometime last year but never committed to it. It seemed like a very reasonable plan and I wish I had stuck with it instead of letting myself go. Well, today is a new day! I have decided to do a loose version of CAD while I'm pregnant. As long as my doctor doesn't have issue with my weight then I will continue. I don't doubt that the program is healthy for me and the baby.

My loose version will go as follows:

1. 3 meals per day; no snacking in between

2. 2 CMs and 1 RM (dinner mostly)

3. RM foods I will allow during CMs in moderation: avocado, full-fat yogurt, raw carrots, tomatoes, onions, and raw nuts (as condiment)

As for exercise, I've been consistently walking three days per week and doing a toning routine 2 days per week. I'll continue with that for as long as I can.

I hope to document my progress here and maybe encourage someone else.

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September, 2011 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

I will make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Every entry will include my menu and exercises from the previous day!

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

Weight Loss Results:
9.03.11 - 139

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, 9.03-139

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August, 2011 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

I will make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Every entry will include my menu and exercises from the previous day!

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

Weight Loss Results:
8.01.11 - 139 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

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July, 2011 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

I will make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Every entry will include my menu and exercises from the previous day!

CALP since 3.03.08
WATP since 4.14.08; Bowflex since 4.15.08; & Callanetics since 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
7.03.11 - 139.75 lbs.

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

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Grain Free Scale Results After 14 Days!

The last day that I included grains in my diet was on 6/10/11. I have made CALP my way of eating the last three years by including the foods I love and staying within the guidelines of the program. This is the easiest program I have ever followed and I know, with time, the rest of my excess weight will disappear.

I am more active and I feel great since I began taking my health seriously. I am in control of my diet and my goal is getting closer everyday. Exercise has become an important part of my life and getting myself fit and healthy continues to be my goal.

06/11/11...146.50, day 1, weigh in.

06/12/11...146.00, day 2, lost .50 lb., down .50 pound.

06/13/11...145.50, day 3, lost .50 lb., down 1 pound.

06/14/11...144.75, day 4, lost .75 lb., down 1.75 pounds.

06/15/11...144.50, day 5, lost .25 lb., down 2 pounds.

06/16/11...144.00, day 6, lost .50 lb., down 2.50 pounds.

06/17/11...143.00, day 7, lost 1.0 lb., down 3.50 pounds.

06/18/11...143.00, day 8, same, down 3.50 pounds.

06/19/11...144.00, day 9, gain 1.0 lb., down 2.50 pounds.

06/20/11...143.50, day 10, lost .50., down 3 pounds.

06/21/11...143.50, day 11, same, down 3 pounds.

06/22/11...142.00, day 12, lost 1.50, down 4.50 pounds.

06/23/11...142.00, day 13, same, down 4.50 pounds.

06/24/11...142.00, day 14, same, down 4.50 pounds!

Since I did not get a chance to post my update when I completed the first two weeks, here are the latest results I have.

06/25/11...141.00, day 15, lost 1.0 lb., down 5.50 pounds.

06/26/11...142.00, day 16, gain 1.0 lb., down 4.50 pounds.

06/27/11...142.50, day 17, gain .50 lb., down 4 pounds.

Still not missing grains at all!

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Grain Free Scale Results After 7 Days!

I began an experiment beginning on the 11th of June. A friend of ours mentioned to my husband that he lost weight by cutting grains from his diet. I have been trying to introduce other carbohydrates into my diet besides chocolate, and I didn't realize that every carbohydrate that I like to eat besides avocados, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, contain flour.

I was really excited to begin eliminating grains in my diet because I hope to find out how certain foods affect me. I want to know why my scale has been bouncing around so much lately and going without grains for thirty days sounded like the easiest experiment I could try.

Six days after going grain free, I ate lunch at an all you can eat pizza parlor with a group of six of us. My intention was to eat from the salad bar, hoping I could get enough protein. I had already mentioned to some of the group that I had gone grain free and since I had no problem going to the pizza parlor, one of the women asked me if I was going to eat the toppings off of the pizza. I didn't think of that and once she mentioned it, I knew I could get enough protein, not missing the bread at all.

I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP and I have lost weight every single day since going grain free. I have noticed since I have given up grains that I am not as hungry during mealtimes which has lead me to eat less. Is it coincidence, or do grains...flour in my case, affect me negatively. Only time will tell!

Weight
6.11.11 - 146-1/2 lbs.

6.12.11 - 146 lbs., lost 1/2 lb.

6.13.11 - 145-1/2 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 1 lb.

6.14.11 – 144-3/4 lbs., lost 3/4 lb., down 1-3/4 lbs.

6.15.11 - 144-1/2 lbs., lost 1/4 lbs., down 2 lbs.

6.16.11 - 144 lbs., lost 1/2 lb., down 2-1/5 lbs.

6.17.11 - 143 lbs., lost 1 lb., down 3-1/2 lbs.

Positive results so far!

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