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”?

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

 

 

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!

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!

Violence at a pizza buffet

Well I did a bad, bad, thing. Well it wasn’t really that bad. The bad part is I ate too much. I didn’t stop my self when I was full, but kept going until I was stuffed. That’s the bad part.

Hubby and I went out last night, something we don’t get to do very often. We just went out for pizza, a pizza buffet. Now buffets are a big no-no for  people  because they make over eating way too easy. Well I’m not special. I ate way too much. I ate mine and my neighbors fair share of pizza last night. I put plenty of red pepper flakes on each “slice” that I ate. Wanted all the heat I could handle.

Now this buffet was a little different, you didn’t even have to go up and fight people at the “bar” to get the good stuff. Why do those extra little steps between bites, they bring hot pies around calling out the names and you just make eye contact and they will give you as many slices as you want. They will even make you a whole pie just for your table. They had a little chart on the table listing what each standard pizza had on it, and if the one that they were passing around was a little different they would say so.

They had lots of desert pizzas as well, hubby had those. I tried all the meat pizzas they passed around. I tried a Bacon chicken ranch, was pretty good. Instead of sauce they used ranch dressing, word of caution, ranch dressing stays hotter longer than pizza sauce!

With all the processed meat, cheese, and I don’t even want to think about the salt, the scale is up 2 pounds this morning. Belly was protesting all the food last night. I’m a bloated mess this morning! My nose is even swollen! So water will be my best friend today. I went over on my carbs yesterday. I have not idea how much, but I would think no more than 40.

I did leave a plate of crusts on the table.

Pizza skinning, a violent act of a low carb life style!

due to the extreme nature of the subject no pics will be shown 8)

My 2nd Birthday….

I was thinking about how my low carb way of eating is not a diet but a lifestyle. Something that I will do for the rest of my life. We call it a way of eating, WOE, and not a “diet” because it is not something that is done in the short-term for quick results.

This is a change of life. A new start in the way you look at food and how it fuels your body. Weight loss maybe the first goal but as I discovered all the benefits to this WOE it became a smaller part. (but not by much 😉 )

I am healthier now than I have ever been. My body loves the fuel that I give it. I don’t have bad reactions from what I put in the tank. No more high blood pressure, diabetes is under control without the use of medication, no heartburn, and cholesterol levels are back to normal. If this was viewed as a “diet” as soon as I started eating what some experts call “a balanced diet” all of my body’s reactions would come right back. Would I really what to do that?? That answer is a BIG NO!

I view this as a forever thing. No going back for me. The last time I had a “cheat food”, something that was full of sugar, my body threw a temper tantrum. Rapid heart-beat, sweating, and the worst tummy ache ever. Then the guilt set in. “Why did I do that to myself?” For some strange reason I thought I “deserved” the treat. Ha! I deserved what I got for treating my body that way. Never Again!

So I’m in this for life and with this realization I think a celebration is in order. So I took the time and went though all my notes and found the exact date.

August 21 2009      This is my official second Birthday!

I am going to celebrate this day as the day I began my new life!

And yes I do expect my family to give me gifts like any other birthday!

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