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Hungry today


Overall, a fine day.  No real complaints.

Ate brunch at 11:30, 2 packets of alabcore tuna (90 cal each), 1 TBSP Hellman’s light mayo. .25 cup chopped onion over 2 lettuce leaves (to make 2 sandwich wraps).  DELICIOUS!  However, within an hour I was really hungry.

So I waited until 1:30 and made one cup of decaf coffee out of my Keurig and over ice.  Separately I prepared one Cinnamon protein shake (8 oz) for 115 calories.  Then I mixed it all together for a wonderful iced coffee treat that provided more calories and 22g protein.  I’ve been fine since.

Yesterday I ended up eating more calories than I had planned.  I went to Outback with a friend of mine and had the sirloin (5oz) with the added on Grilled Shrimp.  Those damn shrimp were over 250 calories!!!!!  Obviously there was lot more going on with those than just the 4 medium-sized shrimp.  Grrrr.  Still a low carb day without an issue, but was at like 1100 calories for the day instead of my usual 800-850 or so.  I also wonder if whatever was going on with the shrimp accounts for my hunger both last night and today.

This week I’m to add exercise to my program.  Today I’m not terribly motivated for that, but I will put a plan in place to ensure I get some in tomorrow.

I’m great at losing weight. I suck at maintaining it.


Enough with the proclamations already, huh?  Last post on June 20th has such a naive quality about it……how cute.

Since June 20th I’ve made poor food choices and gained weight.  I’ve also gone on another quick trip to Vegas (sort of related, but not completely).

How much weight have I gained?  I struggle with coming completely clean because there is one person in my life I don’t want to know….but there are so many of you that rely on my complete transparency that I feel I should just lay it out there.

This morning I weighed in at 211.6.  For real.  Did I really gain 25 pounds in a month?  Did that really happen?  Fake weight, water weight, inflammation, hormones, whatever.  Point is my pants are tight and the scale says what it says.

I’ve written a lot about sugar and how evil it is.  I’ve decided that sugar is at the root of my addiction and must be eliminated for now.

I’ve gone to some online OA meetings (Overeaters Anonymous) and they use the 12 steps and tenets of “Not forever, but not today” or something like that.  So I’m back to that mantra.

My dad always says “today is the first day of the rest of your life”.  So I guess proclaiming this as Day 1 (again) is ok, because every day is Day 1 to a degree, right?


This post is going to be long and rambling.  Hang in there with me, please.

This is my plan for the short-term…..eat under 55 carbs per day (like I’m on Ideal Protein) to get under 200 so my clothes fit better.  Once I’m under 200 I will reevaluate and may add in some Ezekiel bread, almonds, and fruit and switch to more of a calorie-counting plan. 

I will not eat any refined sugar until I reach 170/160 (whatever my goal is).  I WILL allow myself some fruit, some carbs, nuts, and cheese once I’m under 200.  I WILL NOT be using Ideal Protein products because I’m simply tired of spending the money.  I will use EAS whey protein for my protein shakes in the morning & for lunch.  As for supplements, I’m rationing what I have left from IP, and will use my own once I run out.

I’m going to win this war.  While I love sugar, and I love being able to go out for ice cream in the summer…..I love looking & feeling fit more.  So here we go!

This is all part of the journey.  I’m proud of myself that I only allowed myself to get to 211.  I could have kept eating and gaining.  But I don’t like how I look and I don’t like how I feel.  So that’s that.

I just have to get through the first 2-3 days and I’ll be home free.  🙂  My body will rebel with headaches, etc….but then I will feel great again, and I can’t wait!!!

Another thing that irritates me about sugar is it makes me sweat.  I sweat way less when I’m off of sugar.

What am I doing about exercise in the meantime?  Nothing while I’m getting my body into ketosis and losing the first 12 pounds or so.  Once I’m under 200 and introducing more carbs/fruits I will begin my running again.

Okey dokey?

A huge decision


OK stalkers, here we go. And this is a big one.

Hold on to your hats.

I’ve decided to go back to Ideal Protein Phase 1 full time, and as a purist (no vigorous exercise), until I get the remaining weight off.

By January I was feeling better than I had in my entire adult life and all I wanted to do was move my body. In preparing for the stair climb and my first 5k I did what Ideal Protein says you should not do while in Phase 1: exercise vigorously.

I wanted to be superhuman. I wanted to defeat the odds. I wanted to the be someone who could lose 10-15 pounds per month while on IP Phase 1 and exercising 3-4 times per week.

So I tried.

And I was hungry. All of the time. Since January.

So what changed since January? Exercising. Running 3 times per week. I was starving all of the time. I was drinking coffee all day long (and probably had 3 oz. of skim milk per day instead of just 1 oz per day), chewing sugar free gum all day long, just to get through.

I was also eating 4-5 IP products per day just to get through instead of only 3 IP products.

I was careful to keep my carbs to 50g or less per day, but was eating 1100-1300 calories per day (instead of 750-950). And I was starving because of all of the exercise. So I come before you, after having gained 10 pounds, to announce that I am resuming Ideal Protein Phase 1 with no vigorous exercise until I phase off, once I reach my goal, which my doctor thinks should be 170.

This means I’m going to not run the 5k on April 20th, and I will not run the 5k in mid-June. It will take me 2-3 months to lose my remaining weight, and with all of my stalkers as my witness, I’m going to do it!

So this means I’m just back to strolling in the neighborhood counting dogs and occasionally swinging my clubs. But the running will be there when I get to 170. And it will feel even better.

This, too, is all part of the journey.

I feel such relief that what I’ve been struggling with for the entire 2013 is finally resolved in my brain.

Yeah, I have to shell out money weekly for the weigh-ins and products, but that’s ok.  It’s an investment in me. And I’m so worth it. 😉

Nobody died


Today I ran 2-ish miles outside.  In the world.  As in not on a treadmill or a track.  And nobody tripped and/or died.

I didn’t want to do more than 2-ish miles my first time out in the world.  I did it in under 30 minutes, so I will have no problem doing a 5k in 45 minutes or less.

People tell me I should feel free to walk a little too, because they are 5k run/walk.  But I’m a perfectionist, and I feel if it’s a run, then I want to run.  Even if I’m the last one in.  Which I won’t be.  And if I am, well, whatevs.



Although the weight thing is annoying right now, my boss told me that I’m looking thinner every day.  It’s got to be the exercise.  My body is really changing, even if the scale isn’t moving.  Maybe I am building muscle like people keep telling me I am.  

On a personal level, I’m in a period of intoxicating happiness and excitement.  I actually felt for a moment this afternoon that I might be sick to my stomach or that I might become emotional because of strange feelings I haven’t had in a while are floating all around me right now.  I’m enjoying the heck out of life right now, and I’m trying to live in the moment and be grateful for all good things coming my way.  And if one of the good things is…….well……I’m not saying.


OK stalkers….off to watch the rest of the results of Dancing with the Stars.  How come Len always got mad at Maks for having his shirt off, but Derek gets to have his shirt off and Len says nothing?  I really do not want to see Derek with his shirt off……

Run Forrest


Tonight I ran for 29 minutes.  I didn’t feel like keeping track of how many laps I did, because I’m not in this for speed.  I can tell I’m running faster overall.  I can tell my body does not take as long to find a rhythm.  Another thing I find interesting is when the little couch to 5k man gives me the 2 minute warning I’ve been able to step it up and finish really strong the last several times I run.

Where I run there is a lovely indoor track with 4 lanes.  The inner lane is walk only.  The next over is walk-run, and the outer 2 are run only.

I have to take this moment and talk about some etiquette here.

Twice now I’ve seen this one particular woman….I would put her in her 50’s somewhere.  I give her credit for walking at the gym.  I really do.  That said, she walks fairly slow, and does not run.  She does not walk fast enough to pass other walkers.  Why does this woman insist on walking in the walk-run lane so those of us running have to have another obstacle (because she hugs the run lane)?  Ugh.  Sometimes I just want to say “move it, lady!”

Then there is the little guy who just runs circles around me.  I usually try to run in the walk-run, or the first run only lane.  There is always room in the outermost run lane for the little guy to pass me.  Oh no.  He always passes on the inner lane.  I don’t know why, but that annoys me.

I find it really interesting that when I run I do not run out of breath, or even breathe heavy.  I think that’s good.  Maybe I’m not doing it right.  I look forward to running with my work spouse for the first time so he can tell me how crappy I am at all of it.  LOL.

Whatevs.  😉

OK, stalkers….I’m off to bed.  Had several pieces of gum today….not cool.  Ugh.  Gum is of the devil.

Oh yeah……


189.5 this morning.

I have not seen that number since high school.  Holy cow……

This means I’ve lost 115.4 pounds since May 30th, 2012.

I’m finding the right combo of exercise and food (when and where).  For example, last week my IP coach recommended I drink the mango & peach IP drink right after exercise as it has electrolytes in it.  I’ve been doing that, and it’s great!  Last night I even took it out on the floor with me instead of my water bottle, and I felt great while doing the machines after my run.

I am finding that I have to play a bit with the calories on the days I run (and the day after I run) due to needing more energy and sheer hunger of revving up my engine so high.  IP purists, I’m not recommending this until you become an IP “oldie but goodie” (meaning, I did 8 months of traditional IP, following the rules strictly, including only low to moderate exercise).  On days I exercise, and sometimes the day after, I’m having 4 to 5 IP products.  I stay below 55 carbs (not net carbs), and sometimes have to sacrifice veggies (maybe 2-3 cups instead of 4….just to keep the carbs down).  I know this is “off plan”, and I know long-term the more veggies the better….but I’m trying to find the right balance of staying in ketosis while exercising like a fiend.  It won’t be for forever….only until my one year anniversary on May 30th, 2013 (my end point until I reach 160 before then….not likely).

Yesterday –  I ran 2 miles in the early evening

Breakfast – 145 calories, 7 carbs, 0 fat, 28 protein

  • Ideal Protein Cappuccino Drink, 1 serving
  • Ideal Protein Vanilla Drink Packet, 0.5 serving
  • Non-fat Milk in ounces, 1 oz in coffee

Lunch – 233 calories, 9 carbs, 10 fat, 25 protein

  • Ideal Protein Crispy Cereal, 1 serving
  • Egg – Large, 1 serving
  • Coconut Oil – Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, 0.33 tbsp
  • Non-fat Milk in ounces, 1 oz in coffee

Dinner – 514 calories, 12 carbs, 19 fat, 71 protein

  • Pork Tenderloin, 8 oz
  • Cauliflower, cooked, 150 grams
  • Green Beans (snap), 75 grams

Snack – 365 calories, 23 carbs, 4 fat, 63 protein

  • mid-afternoon Non-fat Milk in ounces, 1 oz in coffee
  • 90 minutes before run – Ideal Protein Vanilla Drink Packet, 0.5 serving
  • 30 minutes before run – Ideal Protein Choco Raspberry, 1 serving
  • immediately after run/before machines – Ideal Protein Peach and Mango Drink Mix, 1 serving
  • after dinner snack – Ideal Protein Cappuccino Drink, 1 serving

Grand Total for the day: 1,257 calories, 52 carbs (4o net carbs), 34 fat,  187 protein 

Today (day after a run), I’m having:

Breakfast – 145 calories, 7 carbs, 0 fat, 28 protein

  • 1oz skim milk in coffee (I do 3 oz skim milk throughout the day in 3 cups of coffee for 4 carbs)
  • 1 IP cappucino packet
  • 1/2 IP vanilla packet  (I put 1.5 product in 16oz water plus cinnamon…..great!)

Lunch – 301 calories, 9 carbs, 11 fat, 41 protein

  • 1.5 IP vanilla packet
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs
  • 1 oz skim milk in coffee

Snack – 150 calories, 16 carb, 4 fat, 16 protein

  • 1 IP choco raspberry bar
  • 1 oz skim in coffee

Dinner – 654 calories, 22 carbs, 33 fat, 69 protein

  • Ground Beef 93% Lean, 8 oz
  • Mushrooms Pieces & Stems – Green Giant, 0.6 cup
  • Ideal Protein Southwest Cheese Curls, 0.25 serving
  • Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 2 tbsp
  • Olive Oil, 2 1tsp
  • Bacon, 2 medium slices, cooked
  • Brussels sprouts, cooked, 175 grams

Grand total for the day – 1250 calories, 54 carbs (41 net carbs), 48 fat, 153 protein

Tomorrow I will probably have 200 calories less because it will be 2 days after my run and my hunger won’t be bad, and I’m not planning to run again until Thursday night.

Should having this much fun be allowed?


First things first, I ran 2 miles in 27 minutes tonight.  This means, math nerds, I ran a 13.5 minute mile.  SHAZAM!  I told you there were 80 year old men walking on the track faster than I run.  🙂  

I am more socially active than I’ve been since college.  Some I will blog about, some I will not.  I’m getting pretty tired, so this won’t be a long post.  I just have to say that I got the attention of some men at the Golf Galaxy on Sunday, so I must be looking pretty good.  😉

The climb

2013 Chicago Fight for Air Climb

2013 Chicago Fight for Air Climb

Celebrating after the 2013 Chicago Fight for Air Climb

Celebrating after the 2013 Chicago Fight for Air Climb

Today was the day for my first “official” fitness challenge for 2013 in my new body and for my new life.  3 of us climbed one tower of the Presidential Towers in downtown Chicago at 10:15am local time (and today we “sprung forward” for daylight savings time, so it felt like 9:15am).  We had 2 who did not show up for whatever reason, and 1 showed up for moral support after spraining her ankle a week ago.

One building was 45 floors and it was not that bad!!!  We climbed as a team, and waited for the slowest of us, and found victory together!  It was a very well-organized event, and the volunteers were incredible!  Our team raised almost $1400 (and you can pretty much say double that with many doing a corporate match).

One funny thing was some of the men from the show Chicago Fire climbed up as well, and they were right behind us and passed us at one point.  I didn’t realize it was them until some women ahead of us were very excited and told me.  I just knew they were really good looking men!  LOL!

It took us just under 20 minutes to do one building, and next year I’m going to do more.  It was soooo fun, and was for such a great cause!  A year ago I would have never been able to do it, and I did it today with only a bit of perspiration on my brow!


20 minutes


I did it.  My couch to 5k app, week 6, day 2 asked me to run for 20 minutes straight, and I did it.  Somewhere in the middle of it the song “Turn the World Around” by Harry Belafonte came on my iPod.  Harry Belafonte always reminds me of my family.  During WWII my grandfather Klitzke was stationed in the Caribbean, where he learned to love calypso music….and brought this love back to the rest of the family.  So I grew up listening to, and loving, Harry.

Harry was the first concert I ever saw as a wee child.  My dad ran the spotlight at the Holiday Star in Merrillville, IN, back before it became non-union.  He got one of my mom’s albums of Harry autographed for me and my mom and I saw the concert there.  Years later my mom, grandma, and I saw Harry at Ravinia.

Turn the World Around was a song I could never find on a recording until a fairly recent (like in the last 15 years) album came out…but the first time I heard the song I was a child, and he was on The Muppet Show.

I was in love with this song.

So here it is, 30-some years later, and I’m 112 pounds less than I was a year ago, and I’m running for 20 minutes.  And when “Turn the World Around” came on my playlist, I felt the spirit of my grandpa Klitzke, and my gramma Klitzke, so happy for me.  And I thought about that little blonde girl in the late 70’s watching The Muppet Show, and I wondered why she ever thought for a moment that she couldn’t do anything she wanted?  Because it’s so obvious that she can, and has, and will continue.

Life is simply wonderful.