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Old 07-29-2017, 11:00 AM   #61
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Today is a new day. A little hung over from yesterday's indulgence. Yes, a food hangover.

B 123 vanilla shake, coconut milk, coffee
L 380 salad w/ mushrooms, evoo, Italian vinaigrette, store bought rotisserie chicken that I bought yesterday but was too full to eat. When I'm feeling really stressed, I buy a chicken. A little strange, but it's better than other things I could buy.
D 393 cabbage, hot chocolate
S 195 cheese pasta

calorie 1091 net carbs 26

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Old 07-30-2017, 08:22 AM   #62
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I feel like I ate a lot more today, which is a good thing. Meals were mixed up.
B 220 BBQ soy nuts, vanilla shake & coconut milk/coffee
L 212 fritatta with leeks, spinach, fresh rosemary First time with cast iron skillet. Note to self: remember the handle is not insulated.
D 434 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal Italian vinaigrette, cabbage steak, grilled chicken
S 139 vanilla shake, hot chocolate

cals 1040 net carbs 19--that seems low considering my menu. steps 2430 mi .81

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Old 07-31-2017, 08:13 AM   #63
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B 232 bacon & cheese omelet, coffee w shake, coconut milk
L 152 salad, HB egg, evoo, O-cal Italian vinaigrette
L 145 pasta w cheese & mushrooms
D 348 grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, sauteed chard
S 147 BBQ soy nuts, bacon/cheese/egg muffin

Calories 1084 net carbs 39 steps 5786/miles 2.2

WI -1.5 for week, -8.6 total

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Old 08-01-2017, 08:27 AM   #64
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B 162 Vanilla shake, coconut milk, coffee, bacon/cheese/egg muffin
L 152 Salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal Italian vinaigrette
L 130 Broccoli cheese soup
D 348 Grilled chicken, sauteed chard
S 334 BBQ soynuts, chicken

cals 1126 net carbs 22

4780 steps 1.8 mi

feeling exhausted today, early to bed.

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B 119 vanilla shake, coffee, bacon, cheese, egg muffin
L 161 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal Italian vinaigrette
L 445 chicken noodle soup, grilled chicken...hungry today
D 254 sauteed chard, omelet with evoo, leeks, spinach
S 70 vanilla shake, coconut milk, coffee, cabbage steak

calories 1050 net carbs 23 steps 2538 miles 1.1

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B 120 vanilla shake, coffee, bacon,cheddar,egg muffin
L 161 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal italian vinaigrette
L 130 broccoli cheese soup
D 330 grilled chicken, broccoli
S 255 BBQ soy nuts, egg white omelet/cabbage

calories 1036 net carbs 32 5336 steps 2.1 miles

Today is 4 weeks in, 9 lbs down from estimated high. I can see some facial definition now. Feels good, like coming home to my comfortable body. Still a ways to go & it's especially useful to stick to the plan, now that I'm in fat burning mode.

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Old 08-04-2017, 07:17 AM   #67
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B 196 bacon, cheddar, egg muffin vanilla shake/coffee
L 161 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal italian dressing
L 130 broccoli cheese soup
D 330 grilled chicken, broccoli
S 255 BBQ soy nuts, egg white omelet/cabbage

Felt exhausted yesterday evening. Tomorrow's menu will include more carbs.

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Old 08-04-2017, 04:33 PM   #68
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Today is 4 weeks in, 9 lbs down from estimated high. I can see some facial definition now. Feels good, like coming home to my comfortable body. Still a ways to go & it's especially useful to stick to the plan, now that I'm in fat burning mode.
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Chunkahlunkah, Thanks for the encouragement!

Yesterday was a bust. I sensed trouble brewing early in the day...a draggy low energy state that I attributed to low carb. I thought I could nip that in the bud by eating some carbs for breakfast, so enjoyed some potatoes from the WF hot bar on the way to work. That worked pretty well. But after work I got into trouble, mostly from my own state of mind. Feeling low about 2 things I am dreading this weekend. And some leftover baggage from work--really manifestations of my own patterns of seeing the world around me. In short, emotional eating. I have to laugh at myself because on the day before, I felt "I've got this" and that feeling was solid. Things change in a moment.

I woke up today feeling unenthused about my diet, with the fresh memories of yesterday's more exciting foods along with the feeling of 'I can have whatever i want'. I recognize that now is the easiest time to get back on track. I also recognize that I was giving myself permission to go off the rails because it had been a week since I had done it before. That might be ok, and it might be a slippery slope. Time will tell. Low carb dieting eventually wrecks my sleep, moods, and gives me dry eyes, so indulging in carbs once a week is my way of avoiding those issues. The question is how much of what carbs will work best.

All is not not lost, though. I am still able to flatten my stomach, something I couldn't do a couple of weeks ago.

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B 121 shake/coconut milk/coffee bacon cheddar egg muffin
L 281 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal Italian dressing, chicken noodle soup w spinach
D 321 grilled chicken, broccoli
S 400 Whoops, forgot my snack. After a perilous trip down the bakery aisle, I settled on Muscle Milk bar & part of a Quest bar. After I ate it, saw it was too high in calories & carbs.
150 broccoli cheese pita

calories 1285 net carbs 53 It could have been so much worse.

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Old 08-06-2017, 08:26 AM   #70
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B 183 vanilla shake, coconut milk, coffee, bacon, cheddar, egg muffin
L 207 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal Italian dressing, leek soup
D 500 chicken salad sandwich

steps 7046 miles 2.3

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Old 08-06-2017, 02:16 PM   #71
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Hi Sundove!

I saw your comment about carbs. My favorite carbs are sweet potato, plantains, green bananas, avocado, and green mango. I have been starting my day eating one of these foods along with my coffee, and I feel comforted in the morning. Good luck with your choices!

Way to go on the flat stomach! That is the best feeling isn't it? It's better than stepping on the scale!

You are doing great! You can do it! Keep telling yourself that you are worth it!
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:19 PM   #72
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Hi Magistra ~ Thanks for the support & also the suggestions! I have been following your progress and, like the other posters, I'm vicariously enjoying your meals and your pool. The carb thing is really a conundrum for me. I have tried adding carbs of the non-grain, non-wheat, non dairy variety (not a big fruit fan). I haven't experienced the same energy & mood boost as with the faster carbs like bread and starch.
And I have not had great success with losing weight if I eat more than a little bit if fats, even the healthy kind. Part of me is interested in establishing healthy diet but I also feel an urgency to at least get back into my main wardrobe. I'm committed through August with my plan (having purchased a lot of the food), and then will switch to whole foods in Sept. Right now the packaged foods are mindlessly easy & almost no prep. Sept 1, I will re-evaluate & change things up. Your description of your WOE and how it is working for you is wonderful to read! I reserved the book at the library--I'm planning to try it out for a month. I have some old conditioning about fats, and tend to have trouble digesting them, but I imagine there is an initial phase during which the body adjusts.

Yes we've got this! There are moments, but over all, it is soooo worth it to be eating well. It just feels great.

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Feeling well-rested after yesterday's hike.
B vanilla shake, coconut milk, coffee; bacon, cheddar egg muffin
L salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal dressing
D grilled chicken, Brussel's sprouts
S think thin bar

Calories 1002 Net carbs 35 steps 4703 miles 1.7

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Hi Sundove! I hear you on the bread and starch! Itís good to know what we get energy from. When I was eating wheat, it did give me a mood boost, but also it often made me feel sleepy. Not being a big fruit person probably helps you make smart choices. I am also not a big fruit person. I would rather eat veggies over fruit. Green mango and green banana are sustainable starches, so I do feel comfortable eating those in the morning. Berries are my other go to fruit in the morning. It sounds like you really have planned out your WOE. I am enjoying reading your menus too! I love how organized you are! Kudos to you!

You are right about the conditioning in the beginning of PP. I took it very slow and did not jump in cold turkey. I did Atkins a long time ago and I cannot easily forget how bad I felt on that diet. Low carbs or no carbs are not for me! Ever since that experiment, I am cautious when starting a new life plan. So I eased into this one. It took me about two weeks to fully switch over my eating and get used to shopping differently. I took my time getting off of wheat. I did it over a two week period. I went down to one serving a day until I was not eating any bread by the end of the second week. In this way the withdrawal from wheat was minimal. I probably had four days in which I felt symptoms, and they were extremely mild, a mild headache one day, leg cramps another, crankiness for a couple days. I took magnesium potassium aspartate for the leg cramps for maybe a week or two, then left off with it. The magnesium interestingly also helped my mood. Ha, ha! After that I felt really good. My weight came off by 2 to 3 pounds a week in the first few weeks and now itís slowed down to about 1 to 2 pounds a week, but still going. It's nice to feel the weight loss when I get up in the morning.

I know you are busy! Iím sorry for these long discussions! Keep up the fight! Keep up the good work!

Have a lovely day!
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Hi Magistra! Nothing to apologize about--I really appreciate your comments I'm surprised to read about your adjustment to the diet because it sounds like adjusting to low carb, and I hadn't thought of your WOE as low carb. Mostly I'm thinking when I read it that it sounds delicious, haha, and satisfying. I'm thinking dates might be a good carb for me. I avoid wheat, except the indulgence days. I don't feel well when I eat a lot of fat, and some fats upset my system even in small amounts: avocado oil, butter, cream. I'm looking forward to phasing off my packaged diet in Sept and your WOE is on my radar. I do best when I have have few decisions to make about what to eat, and when my food is "good but not too good."

PS Your account of swimming & saving the bee was as lovely to read as your menus.

Tues
B 160 vanilla shake, coffee, bacon, cheddar, egg muffin
L 161 salad, HB egg, evoo, 0-cal italian vinaigrette
L 130 broccoli cheese soup
D 349 grilled chicken, Brussel's sprouts
S 222 bbq soynuts, cabbage, chicken

calories 1022 net carbs 29 steps 4256 miles 1.6
postponing WI until later in week but heartened by looser pants & top this morning.

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