Monthly Archives: April 2013

One big yay!


It’s 7pm.  At 6:15am….less than 12 hours….I will be leaving for vacation!!!!!!

I probably will be MIA this week.  Everyone have a great week!



This morning I weighed in at 188.7, down from 189.0 the other day.  On Thursday, 4/11, I weighed 205.3.  So I will take the 16.6 weight loss for 2 weeks.  Yes, it was mostly water & glycogen, but some of it’s “real”.  From this point until my goal it will be probably 1-2 pounds per week, which is A-OK with me.

A few weeks ago my doctor thought 170 would be a great goal.  As I get closer to that number, I just don’t know.  Perhaps I’ll go to 160 and play in the 160’s with normal fluctuations.

I know 2 things for sure:

  1. My face has never looked thinner.  I shocked myself in the work restroom today my face looks so good.
  2. My blood pressure was 100/66 this morning at the doctor’s office (yearly checkup).  She joked they would have to revive me.  Public service announcement….ideal blood pressure is 120/80.  Until the end of July 2012 when I went off of BP meds, I had been on blood pressure meds since my early 20’s.
  3. I’m leaving for vacation in less than 48 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!

Could life get any better?  SURE!!!!  Why not?  I deserve it!

Have a great day everybody!

Vacation food


I’ve been mulling around for a couple of weeks how I’m going to eat on vacation.  The good news is I’m traveling with someone who is supportive of my new eating habits, and is not trying to sabotage me.

As a refresher, ketosis is when your body is in a state of burning fat for fuel.  Weight loss can happen based on purely calorie restriction.  For instance….I could lose weight eating only doritos as long as I ate 1500 calories of doritos per day and nothing else.  However, because that is nothing but processed carbs, I will have sugar highs, crashing lows, and huge hunger for most of the day.  Plus, as I lose weight, I will actually lose more muscle than fat.  The goal is to not only lose pounds and inches, but to have those pounds and inches be “mostly” from fat loss, not muscle.

So to stay in ketosis (fat-burning mode), I need to stay at or around 50-55 grams of carbs per day.

What I can’t eat:

  • bread
  • pasta
  • rice
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • peas
  • breading on foods
  • pizza crust
  • no sugar… candy, cake, ice cream, or fruits.

Just one cookie will throw my body out of Ketosis, and it takes 3 days to get back into it.

What can I eat?

  • Eggs
  • chicken
  • beef
  • pork
  • fish
  • almost all veggies (again, not potatoes, corn, peas, and a few others)
  • I get to have olive oil, in moderation.
  • IP products

What I can’t drink:

  • soda, regular or diet
  • alcohol
  • gatorade and the like
  • kool-aid and the like
  • fruit juices

What I can drink:

  • Water
  • Sparkling water
  • Coffee
  • Tea (I hate tea)

Cons to eating whatever I want on vacation, even if I “watch” what I eat

  1. Weight gain (even just the 5 pounds of “fake” glycogen weight is not appealing)
  2. Bloating due to putting crap in my body
  3. Clothes tighter/don’t look as good….including swimsuit
  4. Less energy
  5. More money because it would mean I would provide none of my own food at all
  6. Person I’m with might worry about me, even just a little
  7. I’ll have anxiety about “is that too much, etc…”

Pros to eating whatever I want on vacation

  1. don’t have to pack food
  2. get to fully enjoy the “food experience” of where I’m going

So there you go….in black and white…..7 cons to 2 pros.  Seems to me that eating on my plan far surpasses eating off my plan.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, my eating plan is very strict.  You are either “on plan” or “off plan”.  The littlest “cheat” (one bite of chocolate, one taste of ice cream) and that’s it…..out of ketosis!

So dear stalkers, what I’ve decided to do is the following:

Barring some crazy unforeseen circumstance I’m going to eat completely on my diet except for one night.  One night, either Thursday night or Friday night (depends on the itinerary), I will indulge in dessert(s).  Then the next day it’s back 100% on track.  It will take me 3 days to get back into ketosis, and will stall my weight loss, but there will not be true weight gain and minimal bloating (if at all).

So that’s that.  I would say “wish me luck” but I don’t need luck.  I can do this.  I can do anything.  I’ve lost over one hundred pounds.  I got this.



I’m really tired so I predict this post will be short and boring.

Because I love bullet points and lists…..

  • I’m really tired.  I did not sleep the last several days due to having a lot going on with wrapping up school for this semester and preparing for my trip.  I’m not looking for sympathy, just stating a fact.
  • I’m also tired because I’m currently living around stress, which is not fun for anyone.  Hopefully that improves soon.  If not, I’m leaving Saturday, so it will at least improve then.
  • Yesterday morning I weighed a new all-time low of 189.0.  Previously low was 189.4.  I’m now in new weight loss.  Typical for me, when I hit a new low I stay off the scale for a few days lest it bounces up slightly.
  • Once I hit 185 I will clinically be “overweight” and no longer “obese”.  I do believe if I hit that weight by my trip I may not deviate from my diet at all on my trip.  But I may not deviate anyway.  Yeah, it might be a little difficult to resist some temptations, but I’ll be having plenty of fun that it won’t be too bad.  Case in point….this morning someone brought in a plethora of bagels, donuts, fruit, and coffee and sat them on the cabinets right down my cube row.  I took some coffee, smelled the donuts and bagels, and went on my way.  And I didn’t even have my usual “really?” whine that I normally have with all of the food in the office.
  • I have only 2 more meetings to get through today, so hopefully I can do it with the ability to string coherent thoughts together.  I’m only attending them, not leading them, so that takes some pressure off.

Over and out.

Patriotic knitting projects within the United States


So far, by my count, I’ve worked on my final for 12 hours already.  I’ve got another few hours of work to go, but I will be able to be finished by tomorrow night.  I’m not going to turn in my stuff until Tuesday or Wednesday though.  There is a reason for that, which is too boring to blog about….just know that I know what I’m doing.

A couple of thoughts on my final…..

  1. It has now been proven to me that they are not just passing out master’s degrees on the street.  This is a good thing.
  2. I hope I can live the rest of my life without ever having to think about how to catalog a book about patriotic knitting projects within the United States.  Actually, if I ever come across that book I’m going to burn it.  Yes, I will burn a book.  Just that book.  I hate that book.  
  3. There comes a point with every final paper/presentation/exam where you just don’t care anymore and want to turn it in no matter what state it’s in.  I’m about 2 hours from that point.
  4. Nobody will die if I don’t maintain my 4.0 GPA.  That said, I’m pretty sure I should be able to swing a solid A out of this class too.  After this class I will be 1/3 of the way through my program.  Yippee!  I love school, though, and may want to continue on.
  5. When it comes to school work and my eating habits it seems I’m either starving or can barely take time to eat.  Today it was barely take time to eat.

OK, I’m now going to bed.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzz