Kicking the Habit

It’s been a Hell of a week. I have been up 8 pounds in 7 days. I have eaten 12 bags of sugar-free candy. Chewed 4 packs of gum. Chewed my nails down to the nub.

Why?????

I have stopped smoking.

Today is day 9 without cigarettes. Day 3 without the candy, day two without the gum. Down 2 of the 8 pounds I put on. Now just to get the rest off.

I’m glad I stopped. Need to for a while. I told myself that once I got to goal that I would stop.

I had planned to quit in July of this year, but I told my daughter that if she made the cheer leading squad I would quit now. She made it so I quit the next day.

Yes I’m doing it COLD TURKEY.

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Sunshine, storms, and a mirgaine

Sorry I’ve been away….enjoying the wonderful weather we have had the past weeks. Mid 70’s to 80’s with lots of sun. I’ve been walking and soaking it up. I couldn’t force myself to get inside and write anything.

Working on my tan, cleaning up the backyard, the garage, planting tomatoes and peppers, moving stuff around in the house. I guess the “spring cleaning” thing hit me.

My weight is staying steady, a little up here, a little down there, all perfectly normal. Eating is normal. Lots of lovely meat, chicken, beef, BACON, eggs, and so on. Have been working on a higher carb day. Giving it a try. On Wednesday, if I want to, I will eat more of the good stuff and not worry about it. Well that’s the plan. I have a hard time with moderation. It’s all or nothing with me. So I trying this on for size. One day a week I can eat what I want and not feel guilty about it. The rest of the week my carb count will stay at the normal level of 10 or less.

Now when I say what ever I want I don’t mean No-No foods like bread, rice, or sugar laden stuff. I mean extra cheese, or sugar-free candy, nuts, skin a pizza, salad. Stuff like that. Things that are higher on the carb count, that I don’t have everyday, but are still low carb. My thinking is to stay under 50 on this day. Trying to go from the losing phase to a maintenance phase is going to be tough for me and I’m trying to find the best way for me to do that. I have also allowed myself a bounce window. A 5 pound window that I won’t freak out about. Well that’s the plan, so far not really working but I am trying. 😉

We had some storms roll though a couple of nights ago, knocked out our power. So I had to go without my morning coffee. Not a happy time. Drank a couple of Diet Mountain Dews for the caffeine. I also had a migraine to go along with the storm. So no coffee, head pounding, no power, no computer, what was I to do? I had my phone so I posted on Facebook about the no coffee thing…..and a wonderful thing happened. My daughter’s best friend made a pot of coffee and brought it over just for me!! Who said Facebook is a bad thing?

I did get rid of the headache by late afternoon. Did some knitting. I’m working on Fancy Feet. That’s what I’m calling them at least. When I have them done I will post some pics. I hope to have them done in a week or so. Got some great ideas form a LCF friend.

Am I really hungry?

You wake up get ready for the day, time to eat breakfast. Noon comes, lunch break, time to eat. 3pm time for an afternoon snack. Then it’s time for supper. Have to eat again. Clean your plate, don’t waste your food. Snack while your watching TV. All very normal. It’s what has been taught. It’s what been preached. We have been programmed to set our day and our lives around eating times. When the clock strikes a certain hour it’s time to eat. But is it necessary? Do we rally need to eat every time the clock or tradition tells us to?

I just broke a fast, not a long drawn out one, just 46 hours. I did this to rest my body because of an over indulgence in peanut butter last week-end. I was fighting cravings for sweet foods. The evil sugar in the peanut butter had done me in. After a whole 4 days of wanting to rip my face off, and other people heads, I decided to just going off of everything might help. I wanted to listen to my body not my mind. Not the clock. I drank my coffee, drank my water, and kept busy around the house. Anything to keep my mind off the food.My last bite of food was a slice of cheese at 8pm on Thursday night. I ended my fast on Saturday night at 6pm, with a wonderful bacon cheeseburger. (no bun of course)

During this I noticed, I wasn’t really hungry. My tummy might have been growling a bit but I wasn’t hungry. I felt fine. In fact the longer I went the better I felt. I enjoyed my walking on an empty stomach. I slept better. I got up earlier on Saturday morning and felt better than Friday morning. Most important my sugar cravings are gone!

So before you eat something ask yourself, am I really hungry? Are you, or is it just “time to eat”?

http://www.zazzle.com/are_you_really_hungry_magnet-147696074250034577

Might have to get a couple of these to put around the house.

 

 

Walking it does a body good

Well I’m starting a new month, and a new challenge. I going to walk 5 times a week this month. That’s 22 walks. I will do most, if not all of my walking at a track that is a couple blocks from my house. Since it’s April I will be working against the rain. So The Weather Channel will be my new go-to show to plan my day.

My first walk went well. It started out a little chilly, only 54 degrees with wind blowing. The sun did come out and I had to shed my sweater. I lost myself in the music of my Ipod and the laps added up quickly. I had missed walking, we had rain storms and cold weather last week so I didn’t get to walk. I have osteoarthritis so the cold and rain doesn’t do well for my joints.

 

 

1. Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.

2. Walking strengthens your heart if you’re male. In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.

3. Walking strengthens your heart if you’re female. Women in the Nurse’s Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.

4. Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!

5. Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.

6. Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression as measured with a standard depression questionnaire by 47%.

7. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Women who performed the equivalent of one hour and 15 minutes to two and a half hours per week of brisk walking had an 18% decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women. Many studies have shown that exercise can prevent colon cancer, and even if an individual person develops colon cancer, the benefits of exercise appear to continue both by increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.

8. Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.

9. Walking in short bouts improves fitness, too! A study of sedentary women showed that short bouts of brisk walking (three 10-minute walks per day) resulted in similar improvements in fitness and were at least as effective in decreasing body fatness as long bouts (one 30-minute walk per day).

10. Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

The list goes on, but if I continued, there’d be no time for you to start walking! Suffice to say that walking is certainly good for you!

__________________got this list from my walking thread on lowcarbfriends.com

 


Mom’s Birthday cheesecake

Today is my mom’s birthday! She started a low carb lifestyle on Jan 1st of this year so no ordinary cake for her. I got this no-bake recipe for her from Low Carb Friends .com

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese at room temp

1 box of sugar-free jello   ( I used raspberry)

Beat cream cheese until smooth with a mixer. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of boiling water to your jello of choice and mix till dissolved. Add jello to cream cheese and mix until creamy.

I placed the mixture in gallon baggie and clipped corner for ease to pipe into cupcake liners. I used foil liners with the paper. I got 6 full cups from this.

Carb count from this was based on cream cheese of 32, 0 from jello.

6 servings 5.3 carbs

Place your cheese cake in the fridge to set.

I would use foil only next time. They kinda stuck to the paper. They were soft even though they were in the fridge for 5 hours. So if you have small glass bowls or dishes they would be work better placed in those. Mom and I ate these with a spoon. They were good, a little on the tart side but not too sweet. She put the rest in the freezer to prevent over eating……always a smart move when it comes to cheesecake!

Dry brushing 30 days in…

I’ve completed my 30 days of dry brushing and I’ve got to say I’m pleased with the results. It is a nice way to start my routine. My skin has shown a benefit from this, and I will continue to make this an everyday event. Now I haven’t seen all the improvements that I had hoped for but let’s get real. I wanted miracles.

My skin is softer than before.

My skin is tighter in some areas, and my weight has stayed the same. So it must be the brushing right?

It does remove the dry skin layer, so it is a great way to get skin prepped for tanning and lotion application. It’s a lot cheaper than exfoliating scrubs that you buy at the store.

I have also noticed that I don’t have to use skin lotion all the time to skin my skin from being so dry. Also no more dry skin itch. Since we still have the heat on, spring is not here yet, that dry air is not causing a big problem any more.

I don’t know if it is helping muscle tone under the skin only time will tell with that one.

I will take my measurements again in 30 more days and see how much change is going on.

I’ll keep ya posted. 😉

Killing the Peanut butter beast

Well I have been back to my old fiend. The jar of peanut butter. I have a big spoonful and slowly enjoy the flavor.

Cheap, sweet and when only eating 2 tablespoons is not that big of a deal when it comes to carb count. The problem ….it has gone from one spoon to 4 spoons yesterday! This is way to much!! Too much sugar creeping back in and I have felt the nasty consequences already. I have been “hungry” and making several trips to the kitchen looking for food. Now I put hungry in quote marks because it is NOT true hunger. It is just due to my body wanting that sugar fix again. And to top it off, last night I woke up in a cold sweat, blood sugar flux??? I think so.

So today its time to beat this monster back to its place, under the bed with a steel bed skirt, I am going to fight it with FAT!!! Every time that little sucker rears it’s head I’m going to feed it some fatty meat. Not going to worry about calorie count today, not going to worry about how long it’s been since I last ate. It’s all about Battle! I going to the Mattresses on this one. I got my war paint on…and it’s bacon grease!

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