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Going Primal?

As some of you know, I have been following a book called the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program for almost five years. I found the three guidelines of the program extremely easy and believe it is the perfect way of eating that I can follow for the rest of my life. I am close to losing 100 lbs. and I am really excited to be wearing a much smaller size than when I began.

Last year my husband bought us a book called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. After reading the book, I was ready to drop the wheat immediately. I had a little bit of difficulty at first, only because wheat is hidden in many other foods, but I became aware of the foods that include it and found no problem finding the same or similar foods without it. It has been over a year since I have intentionally consumed any wheat and I have found it is not a desired or necessary part of my diet.

I have been changing my eating habits since beginning my program and have always included the foods I want to eat. The changes have been good for me since, over time, I began to eat whole foods and my choices became healthier. I have been maintaining my weight the last year, even though my scale has been jumping up and down, and have been including my homemade dark chocolate almond bark made with coconut sugar, coconut oil, and special dark chocolate cocoa, on a regular basis. One of the guidelines of my program has me dividing my plate into thirds, I do this mentally, placing the same amount of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates in each section. From the beginning of my weight loss journey, the most important guideline I felt I needed to follow was to keep my portions balanced, and it always worked. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.08.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is up a pound but I am not surprised since I had potatoes with my omelets two days in a row. I was hoping I would not see the 140's again but I guess the only way that is going to happen is to get down to the mid 130's giving me more room for my weight to fluctuate.

I was supposed to get a workout done but my morning disappeared and I did not get around to it.

Monday, 10.08.12

Weight
140-1/2 lbs.

Menu
RM: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, cucumber, & homemade cilantro dressing, homemade curry chicken w/potatoes, and dark chocolate almond bark
CM: Rabbit, broccoli w/butter

Carbs: almonds, avocado, chocolate, potatoes
Protein: bacon, cheese, chicken, rabbit
Veg/Fiber: broccoli, celery, cucumber, lettuce
Beverages: coffee w/cream, water

Supplements
Nature's Bounty AM & PM!

Exercise
None!

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Reality!

In October, 2011, I decided to go wheat and gluten free. For the most part, I have been following that decision. There have been a couple of times where I have had a flour tortilla and each time I made that decision, I was disappointed. I have never noticed a difference when I include wheat and gluten in my diet, except I seem to get hungry a lot sooner. I am happy with my weight loss results, wearing a size 4 jeans and small to medium sized tops, but at 141 lbs., I am still considered overweight according to the BMI chart.

It seems as if I have been bouncing around the 140s for a really long time but I just realized that last year on 6.01.11, my weight was 146 lbs. On 6.01.12, my weight was 141 lbs., showing a loss of 5 lbs. Since I want to lose additional weight, that realization was extremely satisfying to me since it proves that I am still making progress!

I have been doing really well the last few days in resuming my exercise schedule. I just celebrated my 53rd birthday and can not express how happy I am to have found a way to eat that is not only satisfying, but really easy for me to follow.

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5.22.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

Tuesday, 5.22.12

Weight
141 lbs.

Menu
RM: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, coconut, cucumber, olives, roasted almonds, & miso, dark chocolate almond clusters
CM: Pork chop, salad of romaine w/bacon, cheddar cheese, & miso

Carbs: avocado, chocolate, dressing, nuts
Protein: bacon, cheese, pork chop
Veg/Fiber: celery, coconut, cucumber, lettuce, olives
Beverages: tea, water

Supplements
Nature's Bounty AM!

Exercise
None!

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May, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

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:
5.01.12 - 141 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

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Fourth Year on Plan

A lot has changed since I began my new low carbohydrate way of eating four years ago. I was 48 years old and after fighting my weight my entire adult life, I became so disgusted with myself that I became desperate once again. I needed to find a program I could follow where I did not have to give up anything and I remembered a book I followed several years earlier called The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program also referred to as CALP. I knew that once I got started I could follow it because the first time I tried it, I was successful. The only reason I stopped was due to my impatience with the speed of my weight loss efforts. I began following Atkins and did not realize the restrictions I would have to make by giving up CALP and found that I could not continue to follow this particular low carbohydrate weight loss program. Instead of going back to CALP, I resumed my old way of eating and watched my weight creep back up.

I don't know my actual weight when I began four years ago, but I do know that I was close to the highest weight I have ever seen on my scale because I could not fit into my clothes. I am one of those stubborn people that refuses to buy jeans in a size larger than an 18W and the one pair that I owned were too small. My wardrobe consisted of stretch pants and men's XXL t-shirts before I finally figured out what program I could adapt to my life. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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2.14.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

Tuesday, 2.14.12

Weight
142 lbs.

Menu
RM: Egg scramble w/bacon & cheese in a homemade coconut flour tortilla, celery, homemade chocolate pecan pie in a coconut crust
CM: Salad of romaine w/bacon, celery, cheese, cucumber, & homemade vinaigrette, linguica

Carbs: pie, tortilla
Protein: bacon, cheese, egg, linguica
Veg/Fiber: celery, cucumber, lettuce

Exercise
None!

Wheat and gluten free since 10/28/11!

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1.10.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

Tuesday, 1.10.12

Weight
142 lbs.

Menu
RM: Salad of romaine w/avocado, celery, cheddar cheese, coconut, cucumber, pecans, & homemade vinaigrette, tri tip, lemon pie
CM: Tri tip, salad or romaine w/celery, cucumber & homemade vinaigrette

Carbs: avocado, nuts, pie
Protein: cheese, tri tip
Veg/Fiber: celery, coconut, cucumber, lettuce
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
Callanetics, 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours!
I completed 1 hour!

Wheat and gluten free since 10/28/11!

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11.27.11, Low Carb Diet Journal

Saturday, 11.26.11

Weight
138-1/4 lbs.

Menu
RM: Salad of romaine & spinach w/avocado, celery, cheddar cheese, coconut, cucumber, pine nuts, & vinaigrette, turkey & rice soup, sweet potato casserole
CM: Coconut coated chicken strips & mushrooms

Carbs: avocado, nuts, rice, sweet potato
Protein: cheese, chicken, turkey
Veg/Fiber: celery, coconut, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None!

Wheat free day 30!

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11.03.11, Low Carb Diet Journal

Wednesday, 11.02.11

Weight
138-1/2 lbs.

Menu
RM: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, cucumber, & homemade vinaigrette, leftover tri tip, sweet potato crisps
CM: Leftover tri tip, broccoli w/butter

Carbs: avocado, sweet potato
Protein: bacon, cheese, tri tip
Veggies: broccoli, celery, cucumber, lettuce

Beverages
Coffee, water

Exercise
Shovel out barn!

Wheat free day 7!

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