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.

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. 😉

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)

Walking…week one

Well I just started walking this past week. I decided to get my butt moving to help tone up these legs of mine. I discovered that there is a walking track 2 blocks away from my house. So I have been going over, sometimes by car, other times by walking, and making laps. Now I haven’t seen any drops on the scale, but I have had some sore legs. So I know that I am building some muscle. I also know how out of shape I am.

So this is what I did.

3/17   3.48 miles

3/18   3.48 miles

3/19   2.61 miles

3/20 day of rest

3/21   6.5 miles     got a walking buddy she walked a lot further than I thought she would so I walked twice today

3/22  1.72 miles

3/23   3.48 miles   buddy walk

3/24   3.48 miles

So as long as my math is correct that is a total of 24.75 miles my first week. I don’t know if I can keep my numbers that high every week, but I am going to try to walk for three days and take one day off for rest. I just hope the weather works with my schedule.

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