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 !”. 

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Breakfast Burrito and Blueberry Breakfast! Brilliant! OWL 10 g breakfast with Coffee

Breakfast burrito, with a bit of pepperoni, eggs, cheese, and l/c tortilla, YUM!Breakfast burrito and blueberries. Delicious!

Today’s breakfast, including two large coffees, comes in at 10 grams, tops. Three grams of the carb comes from this delicious La Tortilla Factory low-carb wrap, with 7 grams of fiber. I have been looking forward to OWL for some time, and these tortillas are the main reason. They are a great, high fiber way to wrap up a lovely little breakfast burrito. That’s what we have here in the photograph, and you can see all the ingredients used. I also had 1/4 cup of blueberries, still mostly frozen, for 4.4 g. The coffee half & half and Splenda counts for the rest of the carb count. I get 25 grams per day now, so I have plenty of time and carb room left for a cup of brocolli or green beans with some sort of meat for lunch, and a chicken or salmon dinner with salad. Just another idea from the vault. This one’s easy, filling, and satisfying. It also provides a lot of fiber, blueberry antioxidants and vitamin C, protein, calcium, decent fat count, and whole grain goodness. According to something I read recently, from a reputable source, the time to eat the majority of the carbs you are going to eat should be in the morning, or earlier part of the day.

Good to know, right?