Tuesday, November 27, 2012

After Thanksgiving...

I bet you guys thought I threw in the towel huh. I haven't posted on here in about a week or so but I just can not find the time to post every single day. I figure how boring would that be anyway. I mean the scale isn't going to budge every single day, right. But I don't want to lose you either so I will try to post a few times a week. Just so you know, I haven't run off to the land of Twinkies and forgotten you all. Oh dear...Twinkies.  Have you heard? Our little golden cream filled cakes that we hate to love, will be no more. Sad day. Well not really, those lil' bastards did not ever once do one damn thing for me. So good riddance! be gone!

I am happy to announce I made it through Thanksgiving ok. Did I eat? ummm well you see what had happened was....of course I ate!  LOL It was T H A N K S G I V I N G. I really was going to stay on my plan but I didn't plan for it. I ended up getting called into work at the hospital cause people still get sick on Holidays. So all the good low carb recipes I had saved up went to waste. I didn't get to try any of them. I had my heart set on pumpkin soup too! Now, I know what you are thinking. Gross, right? Well it's not. So there. Actually, it just might be my favorite...well almost my favorite. It's such a comfort food and it doesn't even taste like pumpkins at all to me. This recipe comes from lowcarbfriends.com. My favorite hang out. So thank you Phoebe for the wonderful soup!! You are a rock star. Who would have thought to make a wonderful comfort food out of pumpkins. This soup is so yummy, I think I will make it tonight for dinner. Here is the recipe for anyone wanting to try this out. I made a few changes but nothing too drastic. I just add a  bit of  worcestershire sauce and a lot more seasonings. Spices can make anything pop with flavor. This soup is thick and creamy and very filling but it really needed more spices.

1 pound pork sausage (Phoebe used hot sausage)
1/2 cup onion, chopped, 2 3/4 ounces
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped, about 5 medium
1 clove garlic, minced
15 ounce can pumpkin
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup water
Worcestershire sauce to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste 

In a large pot, brown the sausage along with the onion, mushrooms and garlic; drain fat. Add the pumpkin and broth. Phoebe added a tablespoon of Italian seasoning at this point, but I've left that out. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes. Add the cream and water; simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Adjust seasoning.
Makes 8 cups or 8 servings
Can be frozen
Per Serving: 277 Calories; 21g Fat; 15g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs 

Like I said, I did eat on Thanksgiving and...second Thanksgiving. Regular holiday type food. I didn't go crazy or anything but I had everything that everyone else did. I didn't go back for seconds or thirds either. We ended up having dinner at my mom's house and then also with my in-laws the next day. I know what you're thinking. I had an all out hogathon. Seriously, I behaved myself even in the face of pecan pie. I drank lots of water and I kept taking my supplements the entire time too. Now, normally anytime you are on a low carb diet and you have a "cheat", the first thing that happens is that the next day the scale jumps up a few pounds. It's always happened in the past and I just expected it to happen again. I braced myself for the impact. Armed with my cell phone in hand, I stood on the scale naked...and snapped the pic. Take a gander at this suckas!

I've lost 7 lbs!! I want to yell it from the rooftops baby!!! This just doesn't happen for me. I've tried everything there is to try for so long. Even weight loss surgery. I am just floored. I know how to eat low carb. I mean I've known for years. I've studied it. I've researched it. I've done it all. I believed in it. It stopped working for me. I didn't stop working it. I wasn't cheating. I am for real when I tell you I was eating clean low carb and still could not get the weight to budge. I've been stalled for years. So for me to lose 7 lbs in just a few weeks, is really really something for me to celebrate. The only thing I've done different this time is that I am drinking a little more water than I have in the past, and I'm faithfully taking my Advocare supplements. It's working and I am more motivated than ever!! I can't wait to make another YouTube video after I've lost say 20 lbs and I can really see the difference.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Deadly Donuts

It's bad enough that I'm trying to lose weight at the worst possible time of the year but now we're gonna bring in donuts too. I like all the people I work with. I really do but stop with the junk food! We get drug reps who bring us lunch or Starbucks or whatever all during the week. I've been good though. I have been bringing my own lunch so that I'm not sitting there starving and having to smell all the wonderful food smells floating through this building like a big-pink-cotton candy-carb cloud of doom!! The good part of this way of eating is that I'm keeping my hunger under control. When your hunger is under control, the cravings are way less. Trust me, If I was all sugared up on those destro-donuts then I would be driving Nascar style to the nearest burger butts home of the big nasty triple pounder. So anyway, instead of skinny girls bag of donuts, I chose to make something simple but satisfying. Three sausage patties that are already cooked. They come in a bag in the frozen section of Wal-Mart. You pop 'em in the microwave for a few seconds and voila! just as juicy as if you had cooked them by hand in a pan man. Then I sprinkled some colby and cheddar cubes on top and warmed up a low carb tortilla. I used Mission brand but I have others too. So that's about 5 carbs for that and it was yummy. Skinny girl says "ooooooh that smells goood!!!, what cha makin'!?" wanna know what I said? I said, YOU shut your skinny lil lips skinny girl! no one likes you or your cute little pink top with the chocolate doughnut sprinkles scattered around!!!!! beeotch!. What do you think of that!! then I went into a Karate stance and the punk backed off.   Ok Ok maybe I didn't really say all that. I was at work after all and I have to be professional. This isn't the back alley of the Circle K, this is a hospital for Pete's sake. So all I really said was "oh just a little sausage burrito". Then I scurried off like a fat rat and stuffed the whole thing in my cheeks. But you know what? I feel great. I'm not hungry. My breakfast was good. Best of all I'm proud of myself for not giving in to the bag -o- donuts. Oh yeah and just for fun I went to the Dunkin' Donuts website and looked up the nutrition value of the donut that I would have eaten today if I hadn't been trying to lose weight. Oh gosh. Are you ready for this? ...... Do you know how many carbs are in a chocolate eclair???? For just ONE eclair...and I would have eaten two easily. One eclair...hold on to your hats...

52 Carbs!!!!!!!

 You didn't get me today evil donuts. Not today.

Day 2

Hi. This is day 2 and so far so good. I'm not the least bit hungry. In fact, come to think of it...I wasn't even hungry for breakfast today. I drank my fiber cleanse drink. It really isn't bad tasting at all. But I hear that it gets thick super fast so I mixed it up with about 8 oz of water and gulped it down.

I made these k-bobs last night for dinner. OMG they are good. I put the recipe up for anyone wanting to know how I made them. Everyone loved them. I mean come on it's food on a stick, you just can't go wrong. The thing that made these so good was that I stuffed the mushrooms with cream cheese and sausage before putting them on the stick. You can do these in the oven and they will be good too. But if you have access to a smoker, you have to try it. Something about how the smoke gets into the cream cheese is just heavenly. I will definitely make these again. There might be one or two carbs per stick so if you are doing induction on the Atkins diet, these should be alright. Let me know how you like them. These were my own idea because I was starving and I had a stick. Many recipes that I include on here will be ones that I found off the interwebs somewhere. I have a huge collection that I printed up and put into a binder because I didn't want to ever lose them. So hopefully I'm not stepping on anyone's toes if I post them. Just know that your recipe was a hit and I wanted to share it. If I do happen to know who came up with the little plateful of heaven, I will most definitely give you credit for it! Pinky swear. Anyone who comes up with a way to keep me happy while still losing weight deserves the utmost respect in my opinion. I think I will take these babies to lunch tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Why Low Carb?

Hi guys! I wanted to make a quick post explaining how I will lose this 100 lbs. It's a two parter really. I'll go over the diet part in this post and I'll cover the supplements that I'm going to use in another post.

So obviously I can't continue to eat the way I do and expect to lose any weight. I've tried every diet out there. All of 'em.

I was there with Susan Powter when we were trying to "Stop the Insanity!"

When no one was watching, I was Sweatin' to the Oldies right beside Richard.

I ate my grapefruit and cabbage soup. gross.

I've tried every miracle weight loss super food ever spouted by the latest Women's magazine. So why am I still fat?!! well I wasn't consistant. I LOVE carbs! there I said it. But carbs don't love me. In fact, my body is so out of whack that no matter what I do these days, I can not lose a single pound. I know that low carb is the best choice when it comes to eating healthy for me. I'm not talking about eating bacon cheese patties dipped in butter either. I mean low sugar, complex carbohydrates, and some healthy fat. So why did I choose to go with a lower carb plan instead of low fat. That's an easy one. On the low carb plan my blood sugar is stable and I'm not hungry. On the low fat plan I could eat the entire fridge without opening the doors. I can't think straight when I'm starving. I don't make good choices and I end up giving up. Giving up is not an option this time. So low carb it is. 

How Does Low Carb Work??? 

Sugar is toxic in the blood. So the body has to get it out of the blood quickly before it starts to do damage. When you eat something with too many carbohydrates in it (carbs), your body releases a hormone called insulin, into your blood stream. The insulin rushes in and tells your cells to absorb the sugar out of the blood and then tells your fat cells not to even think about releasing any fat because we already have enough sugar (carbs) in the blood. We can use that for energy and once that's gone thennn we can think about using the fat stores.

Like I said sugar is toxic in the blood so insulin is a pretty handy little hormone to have around. Think about a person with diabetes. Yet another horrible disease that can happen to us if we carry around too much weight. The reason diabetics have such bad health problems (blindness, circulation problems, stroke, heart disease, etc.) is because of the damage sugar does to them because they don't have enough insulin released to keep the sugar from hurting their organs and blood vessels.

When you eat something with too much of sugar in it, your blood sugar level spikes. The body then freaks out and releases too much insulin. So it takes too much sugar back out causing low blood sugar levels. So now, you are starving! you want more sugar! so your body craves it. Now, when I say sugar I mean carbs because we all know that bread, pasta, crackers, potatoes, etc all turn to sugar once it's broken down.
So on the one hand insulin saved your butt. It kept the sugar from hurting your body. But on the other hand it keeps you from using up your fat stores and helped you store just a little more too. Thank you, oh mighty Insulin.
There are many different low carb diets around. Some limit the carbs more than others. On average they all seem to agree that 30-40 carbs a day will keep you from releasing very much insulin. So now your body can burn the fat that you eat for energy instead of storing it. If you need more energy (exercise, anyone) then you will dip into those stubborn fat stores releasing the contents into your bloodstream to be used for energy.

Most of us eat such a huge amount a carbs that we always have enough sugar to burn on hand to use for quick energy. That's why runners carb load before a big race...they actually need the quick energy! But most of us are not running ten miles a day so this stuff really adds up. Just take a look at the picture on the left. This is the stuff that's no good. This is what I'm talking about when I say the carbs have to go! Some people will actually argue with me and say that we need this junk. Really?! did our ancestors have to wrestle a donut to the ground or spear a pancake in order to survive?? (ok made myself laugh on that one..picture a panic stricken pancake running for her life hahaha). but umm anyway... lol

The food we eat is broken into only three categories. Protein, Fat, and Carbs. Now, I'm not saying eating low carb (low insulin) is the only way to lose weight. It's not. You could also lose weight by eating low fat. But mind you, if you do that, prepare yourself to be hungry. There is no way around it. Think of insulin as the glue that carries the fat to the cell to be stored. If there is no insulin then the fat you just ate can not be glued to it and stored. Instead of being stored, it just goes on through the system as waste. That's Low Carb.  Now, if you are eating a low fat diet. That means you are eating high carb. So tons of insulin (glue) is being released but very low fat is being eaten. Lots of glue but no fat to be glued. Either one will work. On one plan you will be very hungry because of all the blood sugar spikes and crashes. On the other you will be very satisfied the majority of the time. There are sooo many programs out there these days that have you counting calories and watching your fat. The people are usually very hungry on these programs like Weight Watchers. Unless they are eating a ton of veggies to fill up (it can be done). Many of them succeed by doing it this way. They have meetings and a big support system so sometimes it works. As for me, i'm not that strong. If I have major hunger pangs all day long, i'm miserable! and i'm pissed off. I'm no one to be trifled with.
One of the reasons a low carb diet works is because protein and fat satisfy your hunger. When you eat a steak (protein), you don't keep going back for more and more steak. That's it, you are full and you stay full for quite some time. I don't have to call my Weight Watcher buddy to talk me out of going to get another one. I can't say the same for ice cream, chips, and cookies.

As for me, I don't have a great amount of will power. Like I said before, I know the power of a cookie. What I've got to realize is that I can still have treats like that. It may not be a super convenient cookie I grabbed off the shelf somewhere in a desperate sugar rage. But there are tons of recipes for low carb goodies that i can make at home. There's even Ice Cream! I'm telling you. I have no excuse not to do this unless pure laziness will do. I'll share everything with you along the way too.

Anyhoo...that is just a quick little post to explain why I chose to lose the weight doing low carb instead of low fat/low calorie. I do plan on adding exercise along the way at some point as well. If my foot doesn't heal soon, i'll be looking at surgery for my plantar fasciitis. :( I'm hoping that getting some weight off will ease the stress on my fat lil Flinstone feet.

Until my next rant...

Day 1

Hi. Welcome to my life. I'm a 40 yr old medical professional and mom to two beautiful girls. I'll admit 40 is not a birthday that I was looking forward to. But it's really hit me harder than I thought it would. I'm very overweight and I'm finally starting to feel it. I've been fat my entire life. How fat? sigh... put it this way. You see that picture over there on your right? That is me in furry form. It's hard to get anything done like this. lol

But I've also been healthy. Or so I thought. I didn't have all the classic obesity related medical problems. I guess I thought I was never going to. I would be one of those rare individuals who was fat, but healthy. Well, that person doesn't exist. Sooner or later, it catches up with us all. For my fat 40th birthday I received several gifts. Let's see...I got..high blood pressure, and insulin resistance...and PCOS annnd a great big 'ol fatty liver!!!....annnnddd. oh!...some sleep apnea....annnnddd oh I almost forgot plantar fasciitis! i got two of those. heehee   What happened!!!!??? I was fine at 39! ugh. It got me. It finally caught up with me. So here I am writing a blog. How cliche'. lol But I need to do this for myself. I have made up my mind that I will not become one of those people who end up in an early grave due to poor health caused by obesity. So I'm bringing my journey to you. I need your support and I need to be held accountable for myself. Just a warning though...I do like science and I keep up with research. I may have to bust out some nerdy stuff on you at times. Don't let that scare you off though. This is information that we need to know! We are getting fatter and fatter as a nation and there is no end in sight. Ask yourself this question. Is there any money to be made if we are all healthy? What would happen to the weight loss industry? All the magic pills that do nothing more than bring in millions of dollars for people who could care less if we gain our health back. It's all a scam.

I've decided to lose 100 + pounds. How do I plan to do it? That's a damn good question. One that I finally have the answer to. By finally giving my body the nutrition that I have denied it for 40 years. Boring, right. Well OK it's not some fly by night mega super African berry pill that takes off ten pounds in a day but it's solid and it's healthy and it's the right way to do it. Truth is I'm going to have to cut the sugar way way down and I'm going to have to use supplements. There is no way around it. I am nutritionally starved. I have simply got to get these vitamins and nutrients into my cells so they will start working right again. 40 years of abusing myself with crash diets has left me with this body, low self esteem and now health issues. All of which can be cured if I lose this weight.

I've made horrible food choices. I'm telling you now, I won't be a saint though this journey. I know how I am and I know the awesome power of a cookie. The truth is one cookie won't kill you. It won't. But who has one cookie, right. So i'm going to have to make some hard decisions here. My good old standby diet has always been low carb. Problem is, it stopped working for me. I stayed true to it and didn't lose anything. So of course I had a meltdown and broke the diet ...cookie monster style. It wasn't pretty.  I am going to use herbs and supplements to get the nutrition that I can not get from food alone. I simply HAVE to. So the research began and a decision was made to go with a line of supplements that had QUALITY. I've known for years that the junk you buy at Wal-Mart, discount drug stores or even these little nutrition stores at the mall are not regulated by anyone. They are full of fillers and are poor quality at best. I'm not wasting my money on that. I've decided to go with supplements from a company called Advocare. Let's just say that I was so impressed with the research I did and the science behind the nutrition that I signed up. I'm all in! and this my friends, is my DAY 1.

Weight: 247 lbs

Neck 17.5
Bust: 47
Waist: 44
Hips: 48
Bicep: 18
Thigh: 27.5