I ordered from Linda’s Diet Delites, out of New Jersey, which is about as far away from me as anywhere on the continent. ( I am in Northwest Oregon). The box arrived in great shape. I ordered Flaz- Z- Snax Low- Carb Granola cereal in blueberry. I had that this morning with almond milk, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was the first cereal I have had since January. It was a true treat. Last night after work, I cracked the Priority Mail-delivered box open with excitement and glee. I tried the Carb Kruncher bagels, which had come highly recommended. For 7 glorious grams of good-type carbohydrates, I enjoyed an ‘Everything” bagel with no remorse. I ingested good-for-you, fiber- and protein- rich grains, expertly crafted into a bagel that tasted truly authentic. I slathered on whipped cream cheese and felt incredibly satisfied. 5 out of 5 stars. I got a six- pack of these for 7.99, and they were totally worth it. They come in other intriguing flavors and in plain, as well. I will be ordering those again, and I only wish we could buy these things locally, so I wouldn’t have to wait five days and pay shipping.
Next on my list that I tried last night/today were the low carb muffins and coffee cake by Simply Scrumptious. Well, they weren’t. The coffee cake was soggy and tasted really fake. It had a strange texture. The muffins tried too hard to be sweet. I got lemon poppyseed, and they really had a bitter aftertaste.
I also ordered sugar free Oreos, which was silly, because those can be found at the grocery store where I work. I should have skipped those. They will be an occasional treat, because with 2 cookies, you get 6 grams of net carbs. I doubt there will be many days I want to add 12 carbs to my day’s total by having four cookies, which I feel is more of a ‘serving’.
At any rate, this was a nice way to mix up the usual egg/cheese/veggie/berry/nut fest I’ve been on lately. The other new addition has been tofu. I read sections from Skinny Bitch, (Freedman, R., & Barnounin, K., 2005) this week, which is very anti-animal cruelty biased. Perhaps they have good reason to be , though. I was appalled to learn the abominable conditions that pigs and cows endure, including the slaughtering rituals especially, before coming to our table. I guess the chickens don’t fare much better, but I don’t feel as much sympathy for chickens as I do cows. Cows nuzzle, play, are very nurturing parents to their young, and are smart enough to freak out when they know death is near. If they can contemplate the finality of death, (instinct only, you say?) were they smart enough to contemplate the value, in some way, of their lives? So, anyway, I’ve decided to cut back on beef and pork, and focus more on tofu, chicken, and fish. Whey protein can also take a greater significance in my diet, over beef. How can I enjoy seeing a pig onstage performing tricks on AGT and still eat its tutu-less brethren on my plate? I know, bacon and pulled pork are quite delightful, and I am much more comfortable thinking of pigs as how they act in pens. But think of this. Would we want to be judged as a species based on how we act in our “pens”, i.e.., Pelican Bay, San Quentin, etc.?
While holding at 128 lbs., the exercise is causing my butt and hips to finally shrink, and my pants are starting to all be too loose. Not to brag, but I am able to wear size 6 jeans now, which is still pretty shocking. In January, I was wearing 8-10, and some of my 12’s still fit – albeit loosely. Time has taken on a new meaning in terms of living the low-carb life. It has been six months since I dove into Atkin’s again, and it seems like a year. It seemed to take forever to lose the weight, but it really happened beginning in the third or fourth months. Since then, I just keep refining and reshaping through maintaining the lifestyle and through the addition of regular exercise.
When you get over 40, younger people seem to expect less of you. They figure you will let yourself go, I guess. And I see that many people have. I see 45 year-olds who look and act like 50-60, and bad versions of that age group. But what else I see, especially down at the Y., are active seniors who still give a damn about being strong, feeling good, and enjoying good health, by doing what they are able to do. There is one 70 year + senior lady at the gym that I encounter at the gym regularly, in the weight room, doing exercises that would be more than challenging for me. I see another lady, very slight of build, and somewhat stiff, who is at least 60, doing her best in yogalates and Zumba. Those are just two examples of the many older Americans I see who are giving a damn, and working hard.
What I see less of are teens and twenty-somethings, strangely enough. Maybe they are at a different, more trendy gym. They are probably over at Fitness Fever, with the disco ball and espresso bar, having wheat grass smoothies and tofu lattes. That’s ok. To each their own. I might enjoy a little wheat grass myself.