Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Look see -

I weighed 180.5 this morning - a loss of 5 lb. since my unexplained gain that I was just about ready to blame on the scales :-) See to the right.

I didn't lose the muscle I probably gained while sitting here quilting for two weeks due to the awful weather here in Indiana.

I wasn't in starvation mode and needed to eat more because my body was all confused and holding on to food.

I always put some senna tea in my "tonic" as I call it. I have a 64 oz. drinking jug with a straw and when I get that down in one day that's 8 glasses of water. I do drink some herbal teas so I count that as the other two glasses. I haven't gotten to the place of drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water yet. I would rather lose weight so that what I am drinking is enough :-)

Along with the senna tea (great for the bowels) I put in some of my garlic/ACV/honey mixture. I add just a little crystal light (1 tsp.) to cover up the taste. It's pretty bad. I fill up the jug with water. I have gotten this down two days in a row and let's just say things are moving right along.

In the past that unexplained gain would have caused me to want to throw in the towel and have a binge which I have done more than once.

I can use myself as an example proving my point that staying the course will result in success regardless of a few potholes here and there.

Be careful out there today.

Starvation Mode

Starvation Mode has always been used as an explanation for not losing weight or a plateau. This is another one, in addition to the fallacy of gaining muscle, that I have pondered upon. Picture me like this:

----thinking but not at rest - that's me.

The article I have linked to explains it much better than I ever could.

I have heard people not only rush to explain a plateau or a slight gain through muscle gain; starvation mode is used as well. We aren't in Ethiopia folks.

We should be eating more. Music to our ears. I can't remember ever losing weight by eating more food.

Weight loss is not linear. We can eat, exercise, and drink water exactly the same for two straight weeks and have different losses for each of those two weeks. Accept it.

Let's see - it could also be how the stars are aligned. The wind could be out of the north or something.

The main point here is that this is pretty basic stuff but we need to have an excuse, a rationalization, something, anything to hang on to because weight loss can create some pretty desperate emotions - unnecessary ones I think but I also know I have been there.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Is There Always Room For One More?

One more what?

One is such a small number.

Contrast losing l lb. with gaining 1 lb. There is room for that 1 lb. in our clothes but in our emotions not so much.

This phrase used to be used to describe large families who were about to have another addition to the family. There were already 8 kids so what was one more?

"One more" thinking can get us into trouble. When bingeing I used to keep things in even numbers (don't ask me why). If I had had 11 cookies I would eat one more to make it an even 12. I still don't have an explanation for that. I would count how many peanut M & M 's I would eat. I would keep it in even groups of 5 at a time. Am I the only one who has done this? I still don't have much of an explanation for math having anything to do with overeating.

When we are totally committed to something whether it be healthy or unhealthy we want to keep adding on and try to get to that next level one at a time. It can be one more set of an exercise or it can be one more handful of something and then we might as well finish off the bag so it won't be around to tempt us anymore.

One more day of eating healthy and one more day of exercising can be tacked on pretty easily to the day before if we think we can't keep from it.

It's a completely different mind set between not being able to stop after beginning a binge than it is to beginning an exercise program or beginning to eat for health on a daily basis. We are much more vulnerable to doing unhealthy things. I wonder if it's the rebellion aspect of the eating outside of the boundaries we need to have to lose weight - probably. That's why we need lifestyle changes. "I don't eat refined sugar anymore" has a different mindset than "this diet does not allow for sugar".

Just one won't hurt. I only did it once. One time won't kill me. Every once in a while. One for the road. We only live once. One of these days. I'll just have one bite. I'll just have one more bite. My one and only. Remember Lay's potato chips? Nobody can eat just one. This ad reminds us of how easily 1 can become two and then 3 and on and on one at a time.

One can be a pretty big deal.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Well, well--

I weighed 185.5 this morning (3 times). I was not expecting that 1.5 lb. gain. However, it isn't muscle. I will weigh myself in the morning again. I have been pretty sore from doing the ultimate challenge and I think I have read that sore muscles can retain water. The food has been the same but I have to admit I don't keep a food journal.

I guess it wouldn't kill me to keep a food journal. It just makes this more of a chore to me and I have never done it except with Weight Watchers years and years ago with any regularity. I will weigh myself daily for a few days to see what happens.

This isn't the emotional tragedy it used to be. I read on Marc's blog a saying that went something like, "you don't slash your other three tires because you have one flat".

Be careful out there today.

Monday, January 27, 2014

From Norma

You are spot on, Myra.  No one -- man or woman, of any age, on any routine, will build muscle at the same rate they lose fat.  One weird thing I've noticed about muscle mass --for myself, anyway -- is that once you've built some, it is relatively easy to maintain.  I say this because I stopped working out with my trainer just about a year ago and stopped following a heavy lifting schedule because once I started my job, I couldn't get to the gym in the mornings, and I need to exercise in the A.M. as opposed to evenings to do  my best.  So for the past 12 months, I've been lifting, still, but not nearly as often, not nearly as much weight due to only using at-home  equipment, and not following any sort of plan like I used to.  Yet in that time, I have retained virtually the same body composition (I did have my trainer do a caliper body fat measurement and I'm still 16.7 % -- was 16.4% a year ago) and I'm the same weight (144-146 lbs depending on the day, and I weigh at least 4-5x/week) and I don't feel I've lost any measurable strength or stamina. So the old "use it or lose it" motto is somewhat true but for me personally it seems I can maintain my level of fitness even with a different, less strenuous exercise regimen.

Norma is still following my blog and "coaching and encouraging" me. This was her email today after reading my post that said that we lose fat a lot faster than we gain muscle.  I am glad to be able to look forward to an easier time maintaining my muscle mass once I achieve it. It's news we all can use.

Making A Song Out Of It

OK - I am still on the muscle/fat thing.

I look at the people whom I consider blogging friends who have lost significant amounts of weight. Did they lose more fat or gain more muscle to achieve what they have done?

Was this accomplished by eating less and moving more?

This brings me to the moving more part. We do aerobic activities for the calorie burning effect, endurance, and some toning - mostly lower body. While there is some muscle building I would say not a whole lot - those who wish to gain muscle must do some weight lifting or exercises that use their body weight as the resistance such as planks, pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and squats. There are many more but these are the basics for body weight exercises I would say. My good friend Norma, who used to blog and I miss her terribly, has just told me her trainer told her that a woman who is eating clean, not using any steroid type "helps", and doing exercises for building muscle could expect to perhaps gain about 5 lb. a year in muscle. There are variables of course but for the sake of argument let's even say 10 lb. in a year. The work it takes to do that would certainly burn bunches and bunches of calories. While gaining that 10 lb. of muscle in a year a woman could very realistically expect to lose 80 - 100 lb. - maybe more. There are variables here of course as well - but again - I'm arguing. Norma has taught me well. :-)

So - my point is, that unexplained weight gain in one week is not because of increased muscle mass. There are many other explanations. AND  - we might not know the reason, ever. If it takes a whole year to gain my argument of 10 lb. of muscle - in one week - let's see 10 lb. = 160 oz. divided by 52 = a little over 3 oz. - less that 1/2 cup of water.

Losing fat uncovers the muscle. Think of it friends, we all have a 6  pack under there. If we do the exercises and get the fat off of them - voila! We have burned calories building the 6 pack while uncovering those babies at the same time.

We lose fat a lot faster than we gain muscle.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good Information

Here is a good site with some information I already knew, some information I needed to have reinforced, and some new information which I am always hungry for (should I use that word :-)?

It made me think about how we rush to help people deal with a weight gain or a hold. If a person has been exercising and writes about a weight gain we all want to rush to tell them that muscle weighs more than fat. This site tells us that a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh a pound. I thought "duh" - why didn't I think of that? A pound of muscle is more metabolically active and is more dense but it still weighs a pound. Bummer. I really wanted to blame that weight from eating too much of the right things on all this muscle I have developed in 1 week.

Hence the video about portion control. I know I have a problem with thinking that if I am hungry (or even somewhat hungry maybe really hungry in a couple of hours type of hungry and just am wanting to eat if I am honest kind of hungry) - you know what I mean. I can really overdo the almonds. I could eat 6 or 8 servings of fruit a day, and I do love my Quest protein bars. My home made yogurt is wonderful. I can overeat on the right things real easily because I want to feed my head and not my stomach.

The video about whole grains is good as well.

I hate when all my excuses and rationalizations are destroyed right in my face with facts. How about you?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Niece

I am giving a plug to my niece Emily Crawford-Margison.


I think those of you who appreciate documentaries and movies will like her work.

Drink Your Water!

You OK?

Remember my race horse story the other day? I wish I had found this picture before I posted that. I just went through the list of blogs I was following and deleted several because they have been silent for so long. They were in the race and stopped.

That's what I did at the end of last year. I stopped. People did ask about where I was and I would tell them I had just lost all interest and the inspiration just wasn't there for me. I couldn't think of topics to write about. I wasn't eating as I should. I only lost one follower but have now gained two new ones so it's all good.

Stopping can be dangerous. There were people following me. I let them down as well as myself. I could have been at goal weight. As it is I am covering ground that I have covered before and I have a horse that's checking for signs of life.

Nothing to do but get back in the saddle.

I am really happy with the challenge I am doing. I just completed the third day on line 1 even though my quadriceps were screaming this morning. I think I am progressing doing the push ups. I do the five as best I can and then lie on my back with a 10 lb. weight in each hand and do some bench presses (25 of them). I know, I know - I'm a beast. After three more days on line 1 I will have a rest day and then I will be clear up to line 2. How are your fitness goals coming along?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fitness Challenge

This is the fitness challenge I have settled on. My problem is the push ups. I have never been able to do them. I struggled to get the 5 done on the first line sloppily - and those were "girl" push ups with the knees bent. When we do push ups in my aerobics class I lie on my back and do bench presses with an 8 lb. weight in each hand. The planks have made my lower back feel better. I was pretty impressed with myself on everything but the push ups. There is a rest day every 6 days so I have decided to stay on each line 6 days and then rest a day before going on to the second line. I'm an animal.

The wall sit has really made my thighs sore. Just looking at the first line it would seem like a piece of cake but try it and you will understand how tough some of those are. The plank and the wall sits are stated in seconds to hold the pose, the rest are number of repetitions to do. Let me know how you did.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


If you have lower back pain, as I do, watch this. I have used one for years and it really helps.

The planks I have been doing are helping my lower back as well.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Did I Win?

I lifted this from my sister's blog: jensgyrations.blogspot.com

When I first saw this, I thought about how to tie this message to most of us and our weight loss efforts. The answer to the question might be - "duh".

This horse has all the first place ribbons all over him and has to ask the question, "Did I win?".

Do we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Yes. We can win because we are alive, we are free, and if we want to pursue a healthy weight, what's stopping us? Do we know what to do and how to do it?Yes. We have known that for years. In order to win that race this horse had to consistently run, get out of the starting gate effectively, and was not able to run a while, then trot, then walk or stop before beginning to run again. This horse did spend a lot of time practicing and I'm sure had a very strictly controlled diet in order to run with all the energy necessary to win. These horses even wear blinders so as not to be distracted by other horses or the audience. This horse didn't even know when to stop until the jockey let it be known; he was running flat out and crossed the finish lane and got all these ribbons.

Now that this horse has run the race and won it, will it be fed junk and allowed to be lethargic? I doubt it. It wouldn't be able to compete in any more races that way.

Something or somebody has to open that gate so the horse can get started. I wonder how many gates I have opened only to take for granted the race that I was undertaking and never got to the finish line. I have even reached my goal weight twice, had the ribbons, and then threw them away - I didn't realize I had won. I forgot or took it for granted and turned around and retraced my steps back to the starting gate and had all that weight to carry through the race once more.

How is your race going? Even the other horses in the race cross the finish line. They also ran the entire time. Their race was perfect in its own way. I don't care so much about the first place ribbon as I care about a consistent race that has me crossing the finish line one last time.

I'll either catch up with you or wait for you waving my arms and welcoming you to the winner's circle with me. Don't make me have to come get you :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Am One Of The Big Losers

Results have been posted and I am #4 this week losing 1.6% of my body weight. The winner lost 2.7% and #12 lost .5%. Only the top 12 were posted so it seems to me if there were 71 in the contest at the beginning and #12 only lost .5% then it won't be long until I win a week if I stay the course.

That's the plan.

That's More Like It

I have lost 3 lb. this week and am very happy about that.

I'll have to let you know if I placed in The Biggest Loser contest tomorrow. The leader will be tabulating today. It was interesting no men were allowed this year. They do tend to lose faster - the testosterone thing. The men have a separate group.

I remember my years in Weight Watchers the women were somewhat cruel to the men in the group because they would have big losses and it was like the women ganged up on them. They would smile as they made their snide comments. Even women who dared to have a big loss were "jokingly" made fun of. Our Home Economics teacher said when she went to Weight Watchers she didn't have a whole lot to lose and really didn't look as though she needed to be there and she would talk about how she was treated by the truly obese who were there. We tend to group ourselves into those with something in common. It must make us feel safe. I would notice sometimes women would come in and tell everybody of their indiscretions for the week and laugh about it. Others would join in and it could become a "can you top this" event.

It's nice to have two places to achieve a new digit. I am now in the 20's for lbs. to go. I imagine it will be at least two weeks before the new digit in weight is achieved. I will say it's not coming off as fast as newly gained weight usually comes off. I took enough time off I guess that the fat got really comfortable right where it was.

I recommend the plank challenge. I did three 20 second planks a couple of days and yesterday at aerobics after we got started my muscles felt like jello so I knew it was more challenging than I thought. It seems to be helping my sore lower back as well. I read somewhere that if the choice had to be made between aerobics and weight lifting, weight lifting is the better choice. Planks use body weight as the resistance as does pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and squats. These can also be easily done at home and don't take much time and I can really see the value of just taking bits of time here and there to do these as the payoff is great for the time invested. Weight lifting can be aerobic as well. We breath hard and the heart rate rises if we do much with weights - our own body weight or free weights. I also read that free weights were better than those machines because using free weights requires us to stabilize ourselves as we lift which uses our core and more muscles as well. It also simulates our movements for things like carrying in the groceries or lifting a child.

Hopefully I am one of The Big Losers this week. I will let you know.

Be careful out there today.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Time to Rumble

Got this quote at Marc's and want to expand upon the message.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.   -Earl Nightingale

Remember when we couldn't wait for our next birthday? Remember when we couldn't wait for Christmas? Halloween? School to be out? School to start? I used to ask my Mom to count up how many more days it was until we got to go back to school. I loved school.

All those things happened. The time passed and boom there it was. The same amount of time would have passed had we been dreading those same events.

Can we wait and are we looking forward with excitement to reaching our goal weights?

Would we have done something to delay our next birthday? To delay Christmas? Halloween? School? Not on your life. We would have hurried those things up if we could have.

Why do we delay reaching our goal weights? For the sake of the example--if your goal is to reach your goal weight by January 1 of 2015 why would you or I do something to make that happen on January 1, 2016? That's a long time to wait for something. What if our goal is to lose 1 lb. per week? Why would we make it take two weeks to do that?

It's time to rumble and do this isn't it?

I am doing pretty well as I hope you are. I could tell my slacks that I wore to Church today felt looser. I have been doing planks. Those are hard for sure.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Let 'Em Be Fat

This makes me mad. This woman is educated and seems very articulate. Her weight doesn't define her but people like this man who bullies her have appointed themselves the keepers of the pounds. Small pleasures for small minds. Chris Christie also faces this. When people don't have an argument, they make personal attacks. We live in a world like this and I have even caught myself making judgments on obese people - ME - obese for the better part of my adult life. I guess it's that knee jerk, survival of the fittest thing that causes people to do this. She can choose to lose her weight whenever she wants just like the rest of us. We all had to get to the point where we wanted to lose the weight  more than we wanted the food. If we would let these people alone they would probably come to their own realization of what needs to happen much faster. When they are bullied, it just makes it worse as they often find solace in eating. I can identify. How about you?

Obesity receives much more judgment socially than does drinking, smoking, or even drug abuse. Fat people receive more discrimination than these groups as well as the handicapped and the elderly. A food addiction shows for everybody to see but other addictions can be hidden to a great extent. People are more apt to feel sorry for someone who is an alcoholic or who abuses drugs than the obese person. The obese person is just weak willed and a glutton. Isn't that true for all addictions though? Or not. I know a person can die if some drugs are discontinued cold turkey. I don't know if that is true for alcohol. There are many stories of people who have overcome their addictions when some life changing event happens or a strength is found somehow. The obese person can function, do a good job at work, and live a life that doesn't hurt anybody else yet their addiction is deemed more offensive in many cases. The drug addict or alcoholic often loses everything and everybody they have. Relationships are often difficult for all of these people. I have known drug addicts and alcoholics. Obesity is better. Somehow that's not very comforting is it?

Go figure.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Plank Challenge

Here is how a plank is done (forget the hip drop part). Here is the challenge below. I am starting today. I may do a plank in the morning and in the evening hoping to better prepare myself for later in the challenge when it is going to seem impossible. We do these on Wednesdays in my step aerobics class. It's harder than it looks but I have read that this is one of the 5 best exercises we can do. The article I read told us that body weight exercises are the best. We don't need all the equipment. Here are the five as best I can remember:

planks      sit ups      pull ups       pushups      squats

There is a squats challenge and a crunch challenge as well but I thought I would see if there was any interest in this first.   Let me know if you are in!

Day 1 - 20 seconds
Day 2 - 20 seconds
Day 3 - 30 seconds
Day 4 - 30 seconds
Day 5 - 40 seconds
Day 6 - REST
Day 7 - 45 seconds
Day 8 - 45 seconds
Day 9 - 60 seconds
Day 10 - 60 seconds
Day 11 - 60 seconds
Day 12 - 90 seconds
Day 13 - REST
Day 14 - 90 seconds
Day 15 - 90 seconds
Day 16 - 120 seconds
Day 17 - 120 seconds
Day 18 - 150 seconds
Day 19 - REST
Day 20 - 150 seconds
Day 21 - 150 seconds
Day 22 - 180 seconds
Day 23 - 180 seconds
Day 24 - 210 seconds
Day 25 - 210 seconds
Day 26 - REST
Day 27 - 240 seconds
Day 28 - 240 seconds
Day 29 - 270 seconds

Evil Sugar

Good information here.

I have said before and need to reinforce this in my own life on a daily basis - nothing good comes from eating sugar - nothing.

We evidently think it won't be today that we have to suffer the consequences for things like eating too much sugar, smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and a host of other things. My dad did not take care of his diabetes and the last few years of his life were miserable. I watched him go from a man who loved to camp and fish to a man in a recliner who suffered with neck pain and without the ability to speak due to a stroke. He would have been on dialysis had he lived much longer. Each of my dad's "today's" was a reminder that he should have been proactive about his diabetes rather than eating as he pleased and then relying on insulin to take care of the blood sugar.

Each time we eat sugar, binge on it, or treat ourselves we are choosing to take the chances that my father took. If he were here today, he would tell us if it was worth it or not.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What About the Scales?

The Paleo Mom has some good thoughts on weighing here. She also has some other measures of success for all of us to consider.

As I sat this morning and thought about my 1 lb. weight loss for the whole week it occurred to me that at that rate I will easily reach my goal weight of 157 (30 more pounds) this year so what am I in a snit about? I will have to do the same things to keep off the weight as I have done to take it off. It's easy to fall back in to that cavern of thought that whispers,"You worked all week for a l lb. loss?"

I didn't even make the top 12 in the Biggest Loser contest I am in. The person who did win posted that she is following Weight Watchers and never ate all her points. She exercised every day and drank lots of water. She said she did that so she could at least win one week. She plans to relax a little bit now that she has won for this first week. As I said earlier, my win will probably come toward the end (which is in the latter part of March). I should have less competition by then and who knows maybe a 1 lb. loss will win at that time. It's all in how I look at it. This week a 1 lb. loss didn't even make the top 12 but the last week a 1 lb. loss may be the winner.

I'll have to let you know. Whether I win a week or not, I will continue.

Take care and be a big loser this week!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pouting A Little

I really expected more of a loss but it's all good. I got on the scales and thought I saw 181 ($70 prize here I come) and then noticed a little dash looking thingy at the top of the 1 :-) so it's time for a little reflection.

I have found that going low-carb can have one major challenge and that is the mindset that if it has no carbs or maybe 1 or 2 I can have all I want because I am counting carbs. Calories still do count and remember I told you about making my own yogurt and putting my own stevia sweetened fruit in it. It's really, really good. That's all I'll say about that. I need to be a little more careful with the almonds and let's see - salad dressing and fruit.

I am going to tighten the screws a little this week. I am back to aerobics. I really didn't get as sore as I was expecting. I got a pedometer and even with doing a step aerobics class I fell short of the10,000 recommended daily steps. I'll to get in some more walking if I want to reach that goal.

Hope all of you are doing well!

Monday, January 13, 2014

How's the View?

When we get up each day, how's the view? Does the day ahead seem like one of drudgery with things that have to be done, with things that have to be endured?

I must admit many mornings I think about what I have to do without injecting some joy and excitement for having something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. I get tired of being asked how I am some days but when asked I do the obligatory, "and you?" The answer is usually something that refers to when someone gets off work or some "end". I always say, "There are people lying in the hospital right now, and you are not one of them." I have been thanked for that before. I should consider my blessings in the same light.

Tomorrow morning I will send in my weight for The Biggest Loser contest I am in. There must be several in it because the weekly prize for total weight loss is $70!! I thought it was a typo but I guess not. The prize for most pounds lost at the end is $105! They figure a percentage of body weight to determine winners. I would love to win but if someone is just starting and gets the advantage of that first week's water weight loss maybe not - that's OK - I started the contest a week after I had begun using my brain again so I figure I will win later in the contest after people drop out and the new wears off after the first couple of weeks. We have a private group on facebook and there are some who are already confessing and repenting so my strategy is just to keep on keeping on and my day will come if I stay the course.

I will be back at step aerobics today for the first time in two weeks due to all this bad weather. I am going to be sore but I deserve it. I should have exercised here at home and didn't. My bad.

I will be posting my weight in the morning. I am looking forward to it because I have stayed the course but I guess I'll always be a little apprehensive about weighing myself.

Be careful out there today.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blogging Woes

I have been getting error messages when I try to publish a blog post and have given up a couple of times now. Here we go again.

As you can see I have posted another weight and am now headed in the right direction regarding my weight, my head, my heart, and my habits. I will be weighing on Tuesdays now because a gal at Church started a Biggest Loser contest and I thought "Why not?" - I'm losing weight anyway so I might as well see if I can earn some money for it. It cost $25 to get in and the winner each week gets $6 and then for the total at the end the winner gets I think it was $30 and second place gets $20 so I should be able to get my money back. That used to add more stress knowing that I would be expected to turn in my weight each week but it really isn't bothering me. If this is truly a lifestyle change then all the Tuesdays for the rest of my days will be just another day as I make a string of successful days.

Weight Watchers used to be so stressful for me when being weighed and somebody weighing me and seeing it. They were always encouraging regardless - I was the problem. But then, I was following somebody else's rules and breaking the rules was bad so therefore I was bad.

I'm OK with all of this. We have had some really bad weather and I could not get out for 4 days straight. Got a lot of quilting done but quilting is not a real calorie burner you know. Tomorrow I will be back at my aerobics class so I will be sore. I don't know why I have such a time getting myself to exercise at home but I do. Classes and company work so much better for me.

I have been waking up to a dull headache which I attribute to low blood sugar. I was up this morning at 4:30 with it so I had my raisin bran muffin and some coffee, the headache left, and I went back to bed and got some more sleep. I had a banana when I got up. I will have a big salad at some point today and might make some tuna salad.

I was down to 175 lb. before I left my brain somewhere so if I get too big for my britches :-) just remind me would you? I crack myself up sometimes. 

All in all, things are going well for me as I hope they are for you. It is all up to us isn't it? Be careful out there today.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Slaps Self In Forehead

Read this.

You will be slapping yourself in the forehead as well. Tell me your favorite(s).

I have been going to the bathroom like crazy. My 1.5 days of vegan which is virtually no salt has shown me how much water I had to be retaining. I was told about a coffee substitute as well which I will let you know about as soon as it is delivered and I try it.

Another thing about that vegan plan was that they only recommended 3 glasses of water a day. The rationale was that fruits and vegetables were mostly water and without salt and caffeine in the diet the 8 - 10 glasses a day I have been used to wouldn't be necessary. Whatever.

We have been under a level 2 snow emergency and more snow is on the way. I will be getting a lot of quilting done. Good thing there are plenty of groceries here. Duane or Nathan will get out in their 4 - wheel drive trucks if necessary. It's a man thing.

I just boiled some eggs and am reading up on the Paleo/Primal/Caveman thing. I think I will lift some weights here at home as my aerobics class was cancelled today. We are supposed to get snow and sub zero temperatures so it wouldn't surprise me if Monday was cancelled as well. Onward.

Hope everyone is on track, on schedule, on point, on top of things and all that.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Change of Plans

After watching this I am just going back to the low-carb eating plan that I lost weight with in the first place. Vegan is not for me - too hungry, woke up with a headache, and I can tell it's not going to be a fit for me.

I saw this information at Anna's blog and it just hit home with me that I was doing it right in the first place.  I am going to chuck that stupid chain too.

I have pulled another one of my stunts that is so typical of me. Something new, jump in with both feet, copy recipes, buy the book, get all kinds of groceries, get food made ahead (way ahead this time) and then when sanity returns and the new wears off, I am back to reality.

You have no idea how much quilting fabric I have, how many quilt patterns, how many partially done quilts, and other things that are too many to list.

Giving up the coffee and salt is one good thing from following this for two days, well, not quite - I had a protein bar today about 3:30 when I watched that video. It's back to low carb for me.

Any of the rest of you pull stunts like this?

I am going to boil some eggs.

Be careful out there today.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Chain

Remember those chains we used to make out of construction paper back in the day? We often used them as decorations on a Christmas tree.  I am in a 42 day challenge that is pretty much vegan eating. I have my 42 pieces of construction paper links cut out and each successful day I will add a link to my chain. I write the date on the paper before I add it to my chain. It's just a visual to help stay with it because as the chain gets longer I won't want to have to stop adding links.

Here is the facebook page for it.


I hope address works. If you have a facebook page you could still join in if you need even more group support.

This food plan has more of the good carbs in it rather than low carb which tries to limit all carbs. It's very filling. I was not eating beans but this food plan encourages beans and whole grains like oats.

Getting to my goal weight of 157 is Job 1 this year. I have all the things here I need to be successful - even my brain :-)

Well, we are off the launching pad for 2014 - we have 364 blank pages left in our books for this year. Let's write a best seller. 

This Guy Did It Himself With Lifestyle Changes

Inspiration always helps me. Someone losing this much weight makes me feel like there's always hope. He did it through lifestyle changes which is what I believe is the only way to lasting weight loss. I didn't follow my own advice and now have several pounds to re-lose. I'll do it.