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125 and still Alive!

Somehow 125 has become the new normal weight for me. So, tallying it all up, now. I began on Jan. 11, on Induction. I stayed there for at least three months, and was annoyed at the slow progress. Suddenly the weight started to drop- in the retroactive way that Atkin’s seems to work. My starting weight was 140-142, depending on the day or date. So, I have lost about 17 pounds. I was hanging at 130 for quite a while, but adding working out seems to have kicked off those last five pounds. It has been almost 2 weeks since I worked out at the gym due to camping, work, and my banged up, bruised body. I feel ready to go back, now though. I had a minor bike wreck while camping, and gouged a small canyon out of my knee. I am still hoping for some skin closure on that, but it flexes fine and I should be good for a nice one hour elliptical workout today, if I just drag my sorry carcass into the gym. 

I know it sounds like a Facebook brag, but it’s really not. I have just refused to compromise, with the exception of the ‘one bite’ of whatever treat my daughter pokes in my face. That doesn’t seem to matter, and has not caused me to have a mass sugar attack, as I thought it would. I eat a lot of the Atkin’s bars, speed and ease being the primary reasons. Besides, they fill me up pretty well. It takes me time to prepare a big, meaty salad with all the veggies, and I don’t usually give myself enough time before work to prepare those. On my days off, I get much more organic with my meals. I’m off today. It’s 8:00 a.m., and I have already had 1 1/2 bars, and coffee with Splenda and Whipped cream. Yes, I still like the taste of sweet, it’s true. Oh, so my customer at work recommended this Kale green drink. She’s says it’s a boon for cancer patients, many of whom practically live on the green drinks. I don’t have cancer, but prevention is a good thing. She said to use protein powder and a sweeter fruit in the mix- like a frozen banana or carrots, etc., and said I would not taste any of the bitter green-ness of the kale. Sounds great. I already know I like the Odwalla Green Machine drink (? not sure I got the name right) but it is FULL of sugar. I mean, like 45 grams of it per the serving. Not doing that, but I appreciate how GREAT I felt after I drank those in the past, so I would love to duplicate all those great vitamins, fiber, minerals, and green goodness into a more low-carb friendly meal/drink. I will use 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 scoop of 3 gram carb vanilla whey protein powder, a good cup or 1 1/2 of the kale, a few random baby carrots, and maybe a few spinach leaves. Maybe. I will let you all know how that turns out, and will tweak the recipe if needed until I can say “Eureka! This is IT !”. 

Aidell’s Italian Style Sausage & Green Beans

OK, all- in keeping with easy low carb day, I’ve included all my meals today so you can see how simple this can be. Granted, my plating is atrocious and this is not gourmet in terms of exotic ingredients and advanced technique, but it is yummy and nutritious, and yes- satisfying! Today’s afternoon extra was sugar free licorice. I had 4 at 1 gr carb each, and I am paying for it now with extreme and unpleasant gastric distress. NOT worth it!! But back to something that IS worth it- tonight’s 7 minute dinner. Aidell’s chicken sausage links ( this is the Italian style) tossed up with fresh, not canned, green beans.

Drizzle sauté pan with olive oil, and if you like onions and mushrooms, sauté them lightly, then add a pat of butter. It won’t hurt, I promise. When that’s looking good and starting to carmelize, add your sliced sausage- get that sizzling, add beans- stir- fry a bit. Add some garlic powder or spices you enjoy- preferably of the Italian persuasion. Pour about 1/4 water in the pan, pop a lid on it- steam those beans in there for about 3-5 mins on medium. Enjoy. A serving is 1 sausage and 1/2 cup beans. This will be about 4-5 gr carbs. Dbl the amount, dbl. the carbs- your choice. Yum!! I included the photo, but it does the dish no justice. I didn’t have onion or mushrooms, or a red bell pepper, but if you do, they would make this dish even better!

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Low carb tuna wrap lunch

Tuna wrap: 1 can albacore tuna in water. 1 cup mixed fresh carrot and broccoli- food process the veggies until very fine- but not a mash! 1/4 cup light or regular mayo, spice to taste. I use Jane’s Crazy mixed- up salt. I add Tillamook cheddar, 1 slice, atop my low carb tortilla. ( net gram 6 for the tortilla. ) add lettuce, tomato and pickle, if preferred. This is a nice way to add veggies to the ” usual” tuna sandwich.

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Month five of Atkin’s, 129-130 pounds and much more exercise! Still in OWL

Been working out at the gym, getting harder thighs, it’s great. The strangest thing is that the largest muscle in the body, the gluteus maximus, is the hardest to really target and work for me. But things that have been helping are lots of cardio and the bike, specifically. I try to keep the workouts varied because i figure one set of sore muscles can have a day off while I scorch some others. I got Leandro Carvahlo’s Brazil Butt (lift) DVD’s and the first workout of the first day almost killed me. I couldn’t really keep up, but I did the best I could. I have definitely felt it. I like working out now that I have gotten used to doing it, and I don’t want to stop. I really feel like I am happy with my body more, and I feel stronger, healthier, and my moods have gotten better.

As for food, I have actually eaten cake! I had a piece of red velvet cake for my mom’s 70th birthday yesterday. It was completely not worth it. Seems my taste for sweets has truly diminished, and I am happy about that. I also did not gain weight overnight, which is also a joy.

I also demystified sweets yesterday, and that was a victory. I didn’t want more, I actually wanted to un-eat that cake. My mom would not have cared a whit had I not partaken.

Other news: Is is just me or is there something incredibly CREEPY about that Sweet Genius guy on the Food Network? He’s nice enough, I guess, but in that way you might expect to be a thin disguise for incredibly…creepy. 🙂

http://www.genaw.com for yummy baked low carb treats.

Weight loss. I actually got down to 129 for 2 days. It was a brief thrill. I don’t know why staying in the one-twenty somethings should be hard , but my body is resisting, despite exercise which has been regular. More lately than ever in my life, with the exception of the time in my teens when I worked at a car wash all day.

Ok, this is Sunday, and I work at 11:15. I need to get up and into the shower soon and go be a cashier. All day. Tomorrow I find out if I got the job I have been wanting for over five years. Wish me luck, gang!

Low-carb and Cruising right Along- and some Product Reviews

Well, I haven’t been blogging much about low-carb, because I have settled in to my 132-3 and don’t seem to be too worried about really losing a lot more weight, just maintaining the loss I have. My body seems to have adjusted to about 25-30 grams per day. I sometimes have less, but not intentionally more. I have discovered new low-carb treats to add to my snack food agenda. First, the good- Emerald dark cocoa covered almonds. A lot of nice chocolate/almond flavor with the same 3 grams of net carbs as regular almonds. These also do well in the food processor to supplement my almond flour for cheesecake crust. Speaking of cheesecake, I made one last night which turned out quite nicely. I would change one thing- use just 3 eggs with 3 regular packs of cream cheese, a cup of sour cream, 4tbls lemon juice concentrate, vanilla (2 teaspoons) and splenda to taste. I did not measure, sorry. I just kept dumping it into the mixer bowl and taste testing it until I was happy with it. The sour notes from the lemon and sour cream help cut that “gee, this must be Splenda-sweetened” phenomenon. The other thing about Splenda is that is tends to be foamy and fluffy. A dense, creamy texture can be had if you take my advice and only use 3 eggs, at the most. Otherwise, though- quite nice. I found a bit of nutmeg over the almond flour crust also made the flavor more interesting and somehow more authentic. If you need more info for this recipe, let me know. I can tell you the methodology. I must say, I liked Cheesecake Factory’s low carb version of cheesecake better, but I am still learning. The worst version I ever made calls for gelatin, and it’s just pretty poor. Speaking of poor, I will now move on to my reviews of other low-carb endorsed items that I don’t like at all. Someone suggested pork rinds. I tried them. I tried them with pico de gallo. I tried them alone. They just gross me out, and that’s just the way it is. Also, Splenda and cocoa brownies with almond flour. Baked them today. Ok if I am really desperate, but s.f. jello is better. Unfortunately, I ate all the whipped cream, so won’t be having that extra special goodness WITH the Jello, but that’s the way that goes. I have a whipped cream addiction now.

Exercise- A gal from work and I have started walking the park lap. It’s 3.59 miles all the way around, and we walk it very briskly, occasionally breaking into a run or jog. It’s a good workout, if we can just keep with it, it should help with muscle tone.

New experiment- for about a week I have been sampling Nivea’s “My Silhouette”, a ‘redefining’ gel that promises amazing results if used consistently for four weeks. It’s supposed to smooth my lumpy fat zones. OK, sure. For $3.50 a bottle, I can just barely wait to see the astounding results! Still, here I am using it every day. Faithfully. I am probably a dupe.

Finally, there’s the brand name of low-carb pancake mix- Was it Walden Farms? I am not sure. I like their zero calorie strawberry spread, especially in my plain greek yogurt, but I don’t like the pancake mix. It’s just- not worth the hassle to mix it up, and not a good value for what you pay. Better to have an Atkin’s bar.

I’m continuing to preach the word about the value of kicking most of the sugar out of one’s diet, but people still think they’re doing well to get turkey bacon and still eat the Hostess Ding-Dong’s and Valu-Tub ice cream. Sigh…

New goal: 125 lbs. Pounds to lose- 7. Method? I am really not sure. I suppose I would have to further decrease carbs back to a strict 20 and make sure to get a consistent FOUR hours of hard cardio workout in every week. I’ll let you all know when I start consistently doing that. Tomorrow would be a great day to work out and to retool my carb intake.

Take care, every one of you low-carbers, and let me know how it’s going! OK? Lee