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My Current Experiences With The Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program (CALP)

I have been writing a journal about my experiences with CALP and decided to put it in online "book" form. I will be writing a new chapter at least once a month and it will include my thoughts as well as my current stats.

If you are reading my blog and think this way of eating could be beneficial to you, read the book that got me started. It is called The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program and was written by Dr. Richard F. Heller and Dr. Rachael F. Heller. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Physical Blood Test Results

On July 4, 2014, I went to the Lab and submitted my blood for my physical.

My results are as follows:

Glucose/Fasting
Standard Range 60-99 mg/dL - My Value 90

Fasting Lipid Panel - Cholesterol
Standard Range <=239 mg/dL - My Value 227

Fasting Lipid Panel - Triglyceride
Standard Range <=199 mg/dL - My Value 63

Fasting Lipid Panel - HDL
Standard Range >=45 mg/dL - My Value 62*

Fasting Lipid Panel - Low Density Lipoprotein Calculated
Standard Range <=129 mg/dL - My Value 152

TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone):
Standard Range 0.10-5.50 uIU/mL - My Value 1.10

ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase), Serum
Standard Range 0-36 U/L - My Value 10

Creatinine, Serum, with Glomerula Filtration - Creatinine
Standard Range <=1.11 mg/dL - My Value 0.66

Creatinine, Serum, with Glomerula Filtration - Glomerular Filtration Rate
Standard Range >=60 mL/min - My Value >60

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - WBC Count
Standard Range 3.5-12.5 K/uL - My Value 5.2

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Red Blood Cells Count
Standard Range 3.60-5.70 M/uL - My Value 4.65

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Hgb
Standard Range 11.5-15.0 g/dL - My Value 13.2

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Hematocrit
Standard Range 34.0-46.0% - My Value 39.8

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - MCV
Standard Range 80-100 fL - My Value 86

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - RDW, RBC
Standard Range 12.0-16.5% - My Value 13.7

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Platelets Count
Standard Range 140-400 K/uL - My Value 145

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
Standard Range 20-79 ng/mL - My Value 27

* Above standard range

All of my tests were within range except my HDL. Apparently my "Good Cholesterol" is not as good as it should be!

I just turned 55 in June and I am extremely pleased with my test results!

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My Body Composition Results

Even though I have lost over a hundred pounds, which makes me much smaller than I was when I began my program five years ago, I have a hard time accepting that I am no longer fat, thanks to my remaining belly flap. I am still watching my body shrink so I decided that it was time for me to take a really good look at my naked body.

My thoughts:

Gravity does not look good on me;

I would look much better if I could lift and tighten up a few areas;

My body looks better than I ever thought possible;

Clothes do a wonderful job of hiding my imperfections;

The only people that actually see my flaws are my husband and me.

My conclusion:

I am healthy and fit so it is now time for me to change the way that I think about myself!

I discovered thrift stores after I began losing weight because I needed to buy clothes that fit. Since I was confident that the program I was following would lead me to success, I did not want to spend money on new clothes because I did not plan on wearing them very long. Over many years of yo-yo dieting, I had acquired jeans in sizes 14, 16, and 18. Size 18 was the largest pair I owned, not because it was the largest size I should wear, but because I refused to buy a bigger size even though I could not fit into them.

Because of my fabulous program, it did not take me long to go from not being able to get into my size 18 jeans, to wearing them. As the time passed, I went from size 18, to 16, and then I reached the smallest size jeans that I owned, 14. Each time I got myself into a smaller size, I donated the ones that I used to wear because I had no intention of ever wearing them again. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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March, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of March. My weight dropped two pounds since last month, so I am still heading in the right direction.

I am approaching my fifth anniversary of following CALP and my sixth year will begin on 3/03/13. This weight loss program definitely works for me. I have lost over 100 lbs., and I am still losing. Needless to say, I am thankful that I found it!

I am still working on my wheat and gluten free lifestyle. I noticed that when I eat wheat, my cravings begin leaving me hungry for several days afterwards.

I am no longer trying to eliminate dairy from my diet. I have not noticed any difference when I eat it, so I don't believe I have an allergy to it.

This month I am going to be increasing my fat intake. I have noticed that I don't seem to be as hungry when I eat more fat so this is another experiment I will be trying.

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.

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

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2.18.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight was 132-1/2 lbs., losing another pound since yesterday. Now I am only one-half pound away from my lowest weight. I feel so free since I quit counting calories and resumed eating the way I have been doing for close to five years now. I am back to auto-pilot and it sure feels good!

I managed to get caught up with the sleep that I lost the night before. It was cold this morning so I bundled up in my footsie pajamas and grabbed my blanket until my husband got the fire started enough to warm up the living room. He also made me some green tea and brought me a cup. When he got his second cup of coffee, he refilled my tea, leaving me in the warm living room to enjoy my second cup.

My husband made some pad Thai for his lunch and he also made us some homemade french fries. I had to make some more of our homemade cilantro salad dressing before I got started on making my salad. I defrosted some shrimp and I munched on french fries while making my salad. My salad included romaine lettuce, avocado, celery, cucumber, and some of our homemade cilantro dressing. I sauteed my shrimp in olive oil and added them to the top of my salad. I went looking for more french fries but my husband finished them off just like I asked him to.

We had chicken for dinner. We had some leftover broccoli in the refrigerator so my husband warmed it up before adding butter to it. He cut the chicken into fillets and seasoned them with salt, pepper, paprika, and turmeric. He added coconut oil to a pan and fried them until they were moist and delicious. He served me a chicken fillet and a small bowl of broccoli which was the perfect amount for my meal.

Monday, 2.18.13

Weight
132-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: green tea
Lunch: Shrimp salad of romaine w/avocado, celery, cucumber, & cilantro dressing, french fries
Dinner: Chicken, broccoli

Carbs: avocado, french fries
Protein: chicken, shrimp
Veg: broccoli, celery, cucumber, lettuce
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Happy New Year, 2013!

Happy New Year!!!

Began CALP on 3.03.08
Began Exercising on 4.14.08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top- size XXL, Bottom - size 20W
Began Eating Wheat and Gluten Free on 10.27.11

Present Weight: 133-1/2 lbs. - Goal Weight: 125 lbs.
Present Clothing Sizes: Top - sizes S & M, Bottom - size 4
Present BMI: 23.74 – Goal BMI: 22.1

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 6 lbs.

With this being the beginning of a new year, I thought I would publish my stats. Looking back, I am extremely happy that I began to find my way to a healthier me. I was three months away from my 49th birthday and I was ready to try and get my weight off once again. I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned and I was too stubborn to go out and buy a bigger size. Size 18W was the largest pair of pants I ever bought for myself and at 5'3” and around 236 lbs., I could not get them zipped. First it was disgust with myself and then I made it a health issue. The fact was, my 50th birthday was closer than I wanted to admit and I needed to get myself in better health if I wanted my future to include an active life. 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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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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November, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

This month brings Thanksgiving and we are entertaining our family members in our home. We will be cooking a meal that will not contain many gluten free foods but that does not mean I will be eating them. We are going to keep to tradition and include our usual homemade foods like bread, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, salad, turkey, sour dough bread stuffing, vegetables, and yams made w/brown sugar & marshmallows. My plan is to remain wheat and gluten free so my menu will include salad, turkey w/gravy, and some vegetables. I will be skipping all the other carbohydrates for a piece of my wheat and gluten free chocolate pecan pie made with a coconut flour crust. I will also make my lemon layer cream cheese pie with a coconut crust, but my pumpkin pie will be made in a traditional white flour pie crust.

Last year on October 28, 2011, I became wheat and gluten free. I am quite happy to go without those foods and continue to make every attempt to avoid them. Wheat is not something I have missed this past year since I actually began limiting it in my diet almost five years ago.

Apparently, October is the month when I make changes to my eating program, including the one I made last year. This year, on October 21, 2012, I began to pay attention to my hunger. I discovered that I was eating even though I was not hungry and found myself limiting some of my evening meals, and even skipping a few. The next change came on October 26, 2012, after eating my dark chocolate almond bark, when I decided to limit it to once a week. I made one more change on October 28, 2012, when I decided that I did not need to fill my entire one-third portion with carbohydrates, and began limiting them. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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