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Old 01-31-2014, 04:48 PM   #1891
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OK what did you do? eat bread all day

thanks so much for the review. It helps alot that you did experiment on yoruself so me and Misti can find out what the product was like. I think I will get the bagels and the 'rye' bread just to try it. I miss rye bread so much. but I hope it is close in a way to the old taste. we shall see.

just going to start easy. 2 items. to experiment.

I get worried letting bread back in but like you it will be TOPS 2 times per week.
I know myself. I will get dependent on it and I don't want too.

Sounds like a fun time tonight Blue. Come back later and tell us all about it
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:52 PM   #1892
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Thanks for the bread reviews, Blue. Sounds like the onion pockets/buns might be worth a try. DS has decided he likes onions now. He likes them in omlettes and on pizza (he tried that for the first time tonight). So he might like those a a sandwich and they are lower carb than the Sara Lee XX Calories Delightful which I've been using for him. We don't have a TJ's anywhere near here either, though I have been to them a couple of times when on vacation. Glad you like the bagels too, Blue. Those are what tempt me. But I feel kinda like Trigger, I would be worried to try them for myself. I am already struggling with overeating right now. I am afraid that might make things worse. I had one good day but ended up eating a whole 3 oz. sugar-free chocolate bar tonight that I didn't need and I wasn't even hungry at all. I really shouldn't have bought them! I was up 2 lbs. from my low this morning so not too bad. I am going to recommitt for February and really try to eat only when hungry. That works for me. The week or so I did that recently I lost 5 lbs (and now have regained 2 of those). So I know I have it in me. Maybe it will warm up, and with spring coming I'll be more motivated to stick with the plan.

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Misti I hate when I mindlessly eat. so very easy to do. not hungry but gotta be chewing something

what is it about winter that just drags one down? I am not in a good mood with winter time either. I am hot weather baby, so this colder weather is good eating time. and that is a downfall with me. You have done so well! a blip in the road is ok. we all go thru it. I sure have. you will kick back in with big motivation. never fear on that.



I am up a 1. that makes 2 total now. went out to japanese restaurant last night. just steak and mushrooms and a few of the ginger carrots but the sodium got me.

not worried or anything. I ate light actually yesterday so the 1 is salt and I can handle that.


off to ride Sunshine at 1. might buy her if she is a good trail horse. we shall see.



hang in there ALL OF US. we can get some lbs off and keep rocking down the scale.

I am going to post todays weight. I was down a bunch......then up again with bloat....down again....up with salt again. not going to celebrate the 199 being in the 100s cause I was there before NOW IT IS TIME to truly get away from 199. I have to get into the 193-194 area to feel like I am safer and doing well.


ugh. this week coming is strictly clean home cooked lc food. I want to control my sodium etc. to be sure the scale moves for me this week....down, not up


ok off to get things done. will check in later with you guys.

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No go on Sunshine. She was a bit 'too spirited' for this old gal.

she was nice, and when younger I could consider her, but at this age I can't get hurt, don't want to fight a horse, not worth it....so I passed.

I am still slowly looking.

hubby said if I don't find the horse I want in a year, I have to take all my horse money and buy a golf cart for the rv toyhauler to take camping with us. he is smart, cause he knows I will not buy a horse unless it is the perfect match for me. he might win

so just will slowly look and see what deadhead trail horse I can come across.
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Misti---I think we all go through periods of our bodies "resting" till they're willing to go to the next step down. As long as we keep it low carb, we're OK, if not blazin' trails on the scale. Then the motivation to rev it up comes and we motor down a few more pounds. That's how it goes, the line down is jagged for most, as you know.

On the bagels, yeah if you think you'd eat a lot of them at this point, maybe best to hold back. Although I will say that one w/great toppings is very satisfying, and you know how much I love bread. But it's enough for me. So far no bloat from the bread testing extravaganza, and scale holding steady at 183.4. You know, you could order one bag, it's only 6 bagels, and see. If you pell mell through them in a day, don't order again. But I don't think you will. Only one way to find out. I have to say, I'm really looking forward to the variety these will bring to my woe, can't wait to make tuna cheeses on one. Listen to me, LOL, the bread pusher.

Trigger---Well, you might not be celebrating your return to Wonderland, but I am I know you've been there before, but getting back there after a couple of month struggle is worth a bit of a yipeeeee. I think it's a strong psychologic boost to see that 1 instead of 2, and yeah, it's great to get down to 195 and get some distance from that 2. I remember feeling really motivated when that happened, it was like I was really on my way and there was no stopping me.

Sorry Sunshine didn't work out, but you sound very wise about horses and what you need and want right now. And boy, I so agree, we don't need any broken bones at this point in life. I find my self actually using the railings when I go down stairs these days, sounds like such a little old lady thing, but I've taken some spectacular spills in my life, time was I could bounce back faster. These days the thought of negotiating the physical side of my work w/something broken scares the bejeezy out of me.



Hey gals, having a lovely Saturday! Much warmer here, sunny, a gorgeous winter day. And, my Nom Nom Cookbook was delivered today. I've already made one of the recipes I took off the Peek on Amazon, and it was fabulous. And easy. So after I finish writing this, I'm going to hit the sofa and page through it.

BPC and a steamed artichoke w/butter and mayo so far. Making a fantastic dinner w/hubby. He's grilling ribs, mine w/Guy's spicy sugar free BBQ sauce.
I'm making Linda Sue's onion pie for a side. Then a small roasted tomato and goat cheese salad.

Hubby said to me today, "Who took Blue and when are they bringing her back?" He can't believe all the cooking I'm doing, as I've hardly cooked a thing prior to starting LC in the 25 years we've been together. I'm surprising myself actually. Have never liked to cook. But I'm so enjoying working with fresh whole foods to make something so good and so on plan. That's what Nom Nom looks like to me, lots of practical recipes not flooded w/hard to get ingredients, but lots of interesting flavor combos.
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boy guys those bagels are sounding yummy to me now

thanks for the celebration for me!! I am kinda in that mood of 'if I celebrate and backtrack I will kill myself' or 'I hit this again, I can't stand waiting for the scale to drop MORE so I can get away from it'. lol

it is what it is....I will get down the scale one way or another for sure.



Blue, it is great you are suprising hubby and cooking. when you do you take control of your food. very important for us eaters. control what we do eat. good for you. Hope you aren't stepping on hubbys toes in the kitchen


good warm sunny day here. thinking spring time now!! love it.

had tuna and some pepperoni today. kinda hungry but not really. not sure about dinner tonight. family having spaghetti and crispy bread and I don't know what I want. we shall see. might hit the store and get a small steak for me. nothing defrosted now and it is getting late. hate when I get caught with nothing out of the freezer ready.

off to get some stuff done. I feel thinner, so I like that for sure.
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Oh yeah, Trigger, those bagels ARE good. Today I had the BEST breakfast. A slice of left over sweet onion pie with a splash of hot sauce on top, an Italian sausage drizzled w/LC maple syrup, and a buttery toasted bagel with just a bit of SF blackberry preserves. MMMMMMMMMMM...the sweet and the spicy together, LOVE THAT. Yep, I'll be ordering these again!

And, you ARE thinner then you were in December! IMO, good to grab yourself a mini goal, like getting to 195 (further away from 200) and just put your mind like a laser beam on that number, worry about the rest later. That's what I'm doing for San Diego. Hell bent to be 180. These mini goals really help me to focus, same thing w/buying pants 5 pounds to small---I am determined to rock them! Turns a marathon into smaller doable sprints, imo.

Still holding steady at 183.4 this am. Weird not to be bouncing around. Have been good w/my water, and yeah, I have to say it makes a diffy do. Tracker and I are getting along too. So maybe it's these little tweaks that change things up.

Off to take mom out to dinner. Going to have a large shrimp salad or a steak, not sure yet. Then home in time for Downton Abbey. Next week is crazy busy for me after Monday, so I'm enjoying the last of what's been some pretty mellow days.
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Congrats to you both! 199 is great Trigger! I understand wanting to get well away from it though! And holding steady is awesome Blue. Sticking with a new low is great. I am still up about 2 lbs. from my low. Did pretty well this weekend but didn't track. I'll get back to tracking tomorrow. I think I may have a mental block on getting below 200. Haven't been there is so long, I guess I am making sure I am ready. I have been busy this weekend (with what I'm not sure!) so haven't really thought about snacking, which is good. Sorry the horse didn't work out Trigger but I am sure you will find the right one. Not really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. But I'll be busy so it will keep me from thinking about food. Ready for spring, but I think the groundhog said otherwise.
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Hey Misti---just home from taking my mom out to dinner. God, it's cold out there again! SO happy to be back home, warm and cozy.

I am very interested in what you said about "having a mental block on getting below 200." It is the second statement of what I'd call "fear of success" that you've made recently, the other one being about fear of too many choices in clothes when you leave the Xs behind.

You know, fear of success is a very real thing for many of us in different categories. It speaks of leaving our comfort zone, and increased expectations of ourselves, imo, that we may not feel we can keep up with or live up to.

I guess I just want to say that I am so impressed w/what you've done, almost a hundred pounds down! And I have been inspired by your knowledge and determination since I first came on this board, even before we ended up being the "three musketeers" of Low Carb our way.

And even if there is discomfort in going further, I know you're going to just step right over that, live with the discomfort, and escort yourself right into Onderland and beyond. The pace that you do that is your choice of course, but it's going to happen, if I know you at all---although of course, I admit an on line relationship is not really knowing someone.

Still, no matter the discomfort, or the fear of success, it can't top the fear of failure to succeed, imo. And in this case, that means being healthier and feeling better, and being more able to enjoy your son and your future. You know all this of course. Just wanted to put a little wind beneath your wings, if I could. XO.
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You know, fear of success is a very real thing for many of us in different categories. It speaks of leaving our comfort zone, and increased expectations of ourselves, imo, that we may not feel we can keep up with or live up to.

I guess I just want to say that I am so impressed w/what you've done, almost a hundred pounds down! And I have been inspired by your knowledge and determination since I first came on this board, even before we ended up being the "three musketeers" of Low Carb our way.
I agree with Blue! YOU HAVE done so well. A huge accomplishment. You are a success story of low carb


I also agree that you mentioning the 'mental block' could be a real thing. Kinda nagging at you. Like Blue said it is leaving our comfort zone. No one really likes that. I don't. It can be 2 ways. very exciting, you get anxious for that new adventure in your life, but at the same time you are a tad scared about what will happen when you do.


Misti getting into ONEderland means you are really doing this! Heading toward a goal, one you will maintain ---with the 3 of us maintaining! I worry at goal can I hold it life long? I did not before, but I feel like if the 3 of us hold onto our goals and keep chatting on this thread, it will really help us beig time. the 3 of us will stay on this thread and maintain

ONEderland was far far away for you when you started. Now it is right on top of you. Probably is blowing your mind in a way. Heck us getting off the first 25 lbs is a huge accomplishment, then to keep going and get so much more off is outstanding!!!!


WE GOT THIS GALS. WE GO INTO THE FUTURE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN and wanting to hit our goals.
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Hi gals!

My fears are more in that area you mentioned Trig, maintenance. I have never failed at losing weight once I decided it was going, but I have failed every time in maintaining those losses. Give me a goal I think I can achieve, and I'm like a terrier on a mailman's cuff. I have to make maintenance that kind of goal. One where I am as committed as I am when I'm losing.

I'm feeling like this time will be different, but who knows till I get there. Still, I think I'm doing a lot now to build this into a lifestyle I enjoy. Last time I did LC I didn't do that. So even though I'm still almost 20 pounds from my goal, I'm trying to rev up for what is for me, clearly an even bigger challenge than losing weight---which is to not ever have to lose these same darn pounds again! I think we all "struggle w/success" in our own ways. But you know gals, forward is the only way to go. Backwards---been there done that too many times.


I had a very productive Monday working at home. Got all kinds of little odds and ends I've been putting off done. That always feels good.

Finished off the rest of the sweet onion pie, w/a hot dog for lunch. Love that pie! This time I made it w/baby swiss cheese instead of Monterrey Jack and it was yummy in a whole new way.

Tonight I'm making what we call tuna cheesies. For me it will be tuna salad on a GLCBC onion roll, broiled w/a nice slice of cheese over the top. I love these and haven't had one in a long time. So happy to have this option w/GLCBC products. Noticed in a thread today that another person chimed in and said these did not raise her blood sugars. Good news. Still, keeping my eye open on how they effect me. So far so good. Up just a tad this AM to 183.8 from 183.4. Tiny bounce for bouncin' blue.

Let's see what this week brings for us gals, always something to chat about!
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Thanks for the pep talk, gals. I do think I have a bit of fear of onderland at this point. And part of it is the weather I think. I will try not to consciously sabotage myself. But right now, I am eating almonds and I really don't need them. Sigh. No fear of onderland at the moment, because I am up another pound this morning even though I was very good yesterday. Maybe it's PMS bloat, though a tad early. At least I was the same weight when I got home after work as I was this morning. That's a good sign. I don't always weigh myself twice a day, but sometimes. Usually once is bad enough!

I think you've sold me on the bagels, Blue. I have some in my Netrition cart now. But if I get them I will probably only try one a week or so to make sure they don't cause any issues.
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I think you sold me on the bagels also Blue.

I am going to have 2 packs shipped. I can freeze them and use sparingly. I also love tuna with cheese. when I did low fat/low cal. I would put cheese on melba toast, broil til dark, yummy melted cheese, then put tuna on them. I loved those little suckers.

Seems like they aren't working against you and to have some type of 'vehicle' for my food like a bagel would be wonderful.




Up 4 lbs. Yes I did it to myself again.

hubby called from work late. come meet me and a few of the guys at the chinese place. I of course was going to say no, but he left the message on the recorder. Kiddo heard it. She insisted. bleck. I got there, tired, hungry and just said who cares.
I ate things I haven't in a very very long time and with the sodium I am up.

of course it will come down but again, here goes my forward progress.

so fight the 4 lb bloat as usual again and then get into weight loss mode.

told hubby DO NOT call like this again. he said cool


I swear if Misti has an aversion to that 199 number, I have an aversion to that 195 number I am so desperately trying to get to LOL every time I say I MUST GET away from 199 I backtrack. honest to goodness it is getting stupid now.


oh well.....I can say Blue I don't worry now about mainteance too much cause HECK I AM NEVER going to get to goal it feels like at this point.

It is Feb. and I am stagnating. OK--this old gal has to ramp it up somehow. we shall see what happens.
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Misti---good to acknowledge the fears, and then keep on going. And nothing wrong w/a snack of almonds, even if you eat a bit too many of them. Compare that to say, what I used to do, have a bag of potato chips, fat and carbs together galore. Bad combo. As much as it would be nice if we only ate when we're hungry, that is imo, a bit unrealistic.
Food is enjoyable and most of us aren't going to talk ourselves out of that. Better choices are better choices, even if they aren't perfect choices.

Trigger---I feel for you on the Chinese Buffet. When our son was a kiddo we went all the time, he loved it! We had a lot of fun family nights at the Chinese buffet, but I always ate way too much. I dream of a Low carb buffet, LOL. Won't happen, and I'd probably still eat too much. That's the problem w/buffets all around.

And you WILL get to maintenance, as close to your goal as you decide, in your own good time. You've been doing well and losing, and one night at the Chinese buffet isn't going to undo it, although the bloat can make it feel like that. But you know the drill, you'll lose the bloat and keep going. If you wait awhile to go there again, bet you'll be at 195.

And BTW, the tuna cheesies on the toasted and buttered GLCBC onion rolls were fan-freaking-tastic. I'll be interested to hear what you and Misti have to say when you try them.


Well, I'm having the best darn time w/my Nom Nom cookbook. I'm reading it like a novel, LOL. It's got a great voice, fun and interesting, and tons of easy tips. Got the stuff to make Dukkah today---roasted spice and nuts you ground down for a mixture to put on roasted vegetables with ghee. Yep, I got some ghee, could have made it, but decided to do it the easy way. There's a limit to Blue the cook, LOL. Ghee is clarified butter, and supposed to be quite delish on veggies. We'll see. Tried the Kerry Gold and couldn't tell the difference between that and reg butter, so I haven't spent the extra for it again. For me it's all an experiment to see where the best flavor is on a LC woe.

Making us one of my fave salads tonight, with warm chicken, roasted slivered almonds, blue cheese crumbles and exactly 1/8 a cup of reduced sugar dried cranberries---it's enough of a flavor zing w/out more carbs than my goals allow.

Back down a smidge to 183.4 this AM. Don't expect any big drops for a bit, as I had a nice little whoosh a week or so again, and they sure don't happen every week for me, no matter how good I am.
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yea not worried Blue. it will come off. I think what gets me is the 'impromptu' situations. I have to handle those better. I had no intention of leaving the house as it was pouring rain, icky, cold etc. and then I had to spruce myself up and go out to eat when I didn't want to. All the time muttering to myself 'I don't want to do this'

I have to work on those situations. I can find myself in alot of off the cuff eating out with hubby etc. when I don't want that food.

heck I didn't overeat mostly and I know chinese, even if I ate stellar (as best one can) the buffet is going to sodium hit me anyway.


pushed water yesterday, feel better this morning. skip scale another day to get off sodium and continue down that scale.


I agree wtih the dried cranberries. I bought some for my salads. rarely do I grab some but when I do --they add a great zing like you said.

Your doing great Blue, so close to your 180 goal you had in mind. It will happen!



easy day for me today. rainy, yucky outside and COLD again. we had some warm weather and it got me begging for spring and now back to yuck. well it is Feb, so it is to be expected.

lc day for me. woke up not hungry, feel in control and should do well.


Been cleaning out my freezer. boy I had the meat stocked up in there. gotta use it. also had to throw some out that got pushed back from freezer burn. When I started atkins I loaded up on meats now I have to get that cleaned up a bit.
I still have tons of bacon in the freezer, yummy.
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Hi gals,

Whoa. So after a slow week or two, I was back at it today, styling for 9 hours. 3 huge rooms---but very fun, gorgeous colors---spring greens, cobalt blues, and iris purples. It's our spring campaign and it made me happy to be creating such fresh un winter like rooms. We will shoot it all day tomorrow. But man, my back, legs and feet are screaming at me! I have got to start adding in some exercise this spring---my body is telling me it needs it. Nothing crazy like I used to do, but some walking, some back exercises and maybe some weights. I just want to keep it simple and doable, 15 to 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a week, enough to feel more limber than I do now.

Trigger---I know how you love bacon. Do you like Guacamole? Because in my fave new Nom Nom cookbook they have this thing called "bacon sammies" made by spreading a bacon slice w/guac and then putting another slice of bacon on top. Sounds yummy to me and if you like guacamole, so easy to make and a bit of variety in the bacon category. Plus, avocados are so great for our woe. More fats added to the bacon, very sating.

Misti---hope you're doing well. Always miss you when you're busy.

Had a Jimmy John's roast beef unwich at work for lunch. For dinner will have hot Italian sausages w/hubby's homemade marinara sauce, and a GLCBC bagel drenched w/garlic butter, all which will put me in at goal for carbs and calories today. After I've eaten I'm going to take a hot fragrant bath and try to soothe my tired bones. Then some new jammys---don't you love new fresh jammys?---and to bed early. Up with the birds tomorrow for a challenging day of shooting.
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I feel for you with the tired bones Blue I have my share of that also.

your rooms sound so springy and light and airy. refreshing from winter drab of dead brown. I said to mom the other day I can not stand seeing just brown out there in the landscape. I need green! last winter our pastures were green all thru winter. nice to see grass and green, in fact we were mowing in february lol crazy huh. Not this year. everything is dead and ugly.

I need some spring color also.


took kids to mcdonalds today. I got the grilled salad. yuck. it was wimpy, small grape tomatoe tasted like (?) chemicals maybe, icky....and just cruddy. threw most out.


came home and tried to make parmesan fried chicken. disaster. burned up that parm cheese. it was tasteless, burnt cheese. NOW I AM even more hungry lol
tuna probably in a bit. gotta have something else. Sure didn't do that parm chicken correctly.


Don't work too hard tomorrow!! I hope Misti isn't overworking either. I know she gets super busy too.


I have to be careful I don't graze thru the kitchen tonight. off to eat something before that happens. I hate when dinner is a bust.
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Trig---McDonalds is a no go for a good LC alternative. TERRIBLE. Their salads suck, and I only needed to try one unwich burger there to know I'd never try it again. You probably don't have Hardee's/Carl's there, but imo, theirs is the best drive through burger unwich. My guess is that even Wendy's might be better than McDonald's for LC, but haven't tried it to know.

And yeah, hate it when the dinner doesn't work out. Reminds me of when I made Linda Sue's White Castle hamburger pie last week---subbing my own onion mix from the internet made w/beef bullion, big mistake---it was so salty and icky that even our darlin'
dog wouldn't eat it! And really, she'll eat almost anything. Hate it when that happens.

I just wonder---what do you keep on hand that works for you for "grazing" on a night like this? For me, this is when I use fresh blackberries w/cream, and a dash of sweetener or Toriani SF vanilla. Honestly Trig, this is so yummy, I always have it on hand for nights I might find myself looking for a late night treat. Berries are the best fruit for our woe, and blackberries are great for it.

So, now my dinner is almost done, going to enjoy it, then the bath, then the new jammys, then sweet sleep.
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Work got busy for me too this week. Couple people out from illness and snow, so I had to pick up the slack and see their students when I had my own projects planned. Weight not too great right now, still about 3 lbs. above my low. DH just put a sign on the pantry door with a pic of a horse eating that says, "No Grazing". LOL. So that is our current method of reminding ourselves not to eat at night. I really am not hungry, but I just feel like eating something. Kept myself busy tonight cleaning out my email inbox that had over 5000 emails. Deleted myself off a whole bunch of advertising lists. Blue, is the cookbook you are talking about "Nom Nom Paleo" or something else? Might check it out. Trigger, at McD's I get a double quarter pounder with cheese, no ketchup, and I don't eat the bun. It's not the best, way too salty really (I much prefer Culver's) but that's what works for me there in a pinch. I don't like that it has trans fats though. I eat there very infrequently (a few times a year) so I don't feel too bad about it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:34 PM   #1910
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Misti---The name of the cook book is Nom Nom Paleo, Food for Humans. There is also a site by the same woman. Check it out on Amazon where you can take advantage of the peek feature. And check out the reviews! I LOVE this cook book. Now, for you, a much more experienced cook than I am, perhaps this won't sing to you. But I have to say her voice is so much fun, she talks about cooking for her kiddos too, and I find her flavor combos so interesting and so easy, w/out needing a bunch of ingredients. I have Dana Carpenter's door stop of a book and I never use it. Too fussy, too much time and too many ingredients you'll only use for a few recipes.

Now, she is paleo and not low Carb, but many of her recipes work great for LC, and others can be tweaked. For instance, she has a honey maple sauce for salmon I can't wait to try. I will use the honey and plan for it in my daily carb allotment, but I will tweak it w/my reduced sugar maple syrup. In any case, this is something you only need a spoon or two of over your salmon, and so the carbs will be doable.

And one more tip--- on the e-mail thing. I shop on line a fair bit, and donate to various causes etc, for which I have what I call my spam e-mail for. You can easily create a second e-mail address, free, on aol or g-mail. Use it for everything you buy on line, or donate to or whoever or whatever isn't friend, family or a client. This keeps my "real" e-mail blessedly pure of spam. It's such a time saver. I go to my "spam" account when I've ordered something I want to track, otherwise I ignore it. Good thing too, because I get about 50 e-mails a day at least there, all spam, even though I always request they not send me any promotional messages. They ignore that. Totally, and every time.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:53 AM   #1911
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berries are best for us, I so agree. I have frozen black cherries, rasp and blueberries. I defrost some and throw cool whip over them or snack on them plain. I love that

mostly I am not snacking at night which helps. my 'go to' is diet swiss miss hot cocoa. I have to sip it long since it is hot and by the time I am done I am 'full' actually. it works well for me.

I sure agree McDs is lousey option for us. I am not a fan and when kiddo gets sick of chicken nuggets from there, I doubt we will ever give them another of our dollars LOL

I hope you had sweet dreams and a great sleep in the new jammies



Misti, I really think the cold weather is making you hungry. In winter we get that bored feeling, trapped inside from that nasty cold, what else is there to do but eat haha
I know. I have it also. summer I do so much better in my eating. things to do, move around more, get outside in that nice sun....does help the appetite. Plus in winter I can hide in baggy clothes, coats etc. but summer means less clothes so I know I do way better than in eating cleaner.

the scale will move for you. you lost alot, might be the body catching up with all the loss also. time for it to refigure then drop for you again.




Blue your cookbook beats my low carb bible probably by a million miles. mine was mod. carb for sure. I will go check your sneak peak on your book.



1 lb drop for me which is nice. bloat leaving. pushing water. eating clean. feel good today and feel like it will be an easy eating day. I love that feeling when I wake up and get that. feel thinner also....always love that.

did a richard simmons sweating to the oldies tape yesterday. what a laugh. I did 3/4 of it and had to stop. got dizzy kinda. didn't eat or drink before I did it around 10 am. not smart....but will do a few more of them and goof around and get the blood flowing. nothing dramatic, no schedule, when the feeling hits I will do it....but committed to doing it a few times a week at least.

eh, step in the right direction I guess.
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Trigger---Good on you girl for doing the Richard Simmons tape!!!! When I started my exercise extravaganza I started w/him. Love the oldies, and it was just kind of hilarious, hubby used to get the biggest kick out of me doing those moves all over the living room. Then I graduated up to the more serious videos w/all those skinny hard body girls who could do anything while holding 10 lb weights. I actually got quite good at it, but never had as much fun as I did w/goofy Richard, and I couldn't maintain it. Still have about 50 videos!

But you know, I do remember how much fun it was to sweat a bit w/out killing yourself doing it. I really like your philosophy of doing it when you feel in the mood. That's what I'd like to start to do come spring. But now you've got me thinking about sweatin' to the oldies now---maybe it won't wait for spring.

Good news on the drop. I'm telling you Trig, you're in a different place than you were, a couple of months ago, Chinese buffet of not. I so look forward to when you hit 195, it's going to be so exciting---that feeling of being up to your ankles in onderland, instead of only up to your toes!


Home from my shoot today late, but it was a great day. Got lots of positive feedback on my rooms from the big wigs, and that's lovely. I've worked for them for a long time, but as an independent contractor, you never stop proving yourself in a way that's a bit different than being an employee. So I'm a happy gal tonight.

The hard thing about these shoot days is that there is FOOD everywhere all day long. Big craft table full of naughties. I did well, stayed LC w/my snacks, cream cheese wrapped in ham slices and lots of veggies and dips but too many of them. When I'm at home, I don't snack much at all. Had a steak salad for lunch, so that was fine.

Not that hungry tonight, so maybe just a steamed artichoke for dinner. We'll see.

Did I mention it's so cold here that the city looks like a lunar landscape of white and gray exhaust? SIGH.
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Blue, I sure won't be one of those skinnyminnies with 10 lb weights in each hand
I know I will never go there LOL

It sounds like your work is falling into perfect place for you. You sound happy at your job and that is so important!


I ate 2 small bowls of cheetos last night. Kiddo got a bag when we went out. I have not bought them in at least 7-8 months. I love stinking cheetos. Did well til very late and caved.......but get this....I ate so good anyway thru the day I lost .6 anyway this morning. I will take it, I sure won't push it like that anymore.





TA DA I GOT ONE. A MARE....and here she is! Lady is trailering her over tonight for me.





Her name is Jade. 10 year old grade quarter horse. Didn't ride her long, she just had that broken in feeling of being a great horse. So the trial begins. I sure hope she is what I want. chance one takes but I got good horse sense, I think she will be the perfect fit for me.



off to get things done. Long day. Stopped at restaurant with Barb after riding horse and got salad, 2 pieces baked chicken off the buffet bar. Bleck. My tummy is baby rolling. hmm...was I kinda poisoned, I don't know??? not deadly but that food isn't sitting right at all.


it is always something right gals
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:43 PM   #1914
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on finding your horse Trigger! Jade is beautiful. I am sure she, you and your daughter will all enjoy each other.

Sorry you aren't feeling well after eating the buffet, though. Hope you are better soon. And cheetos....can't say I haven't had a few since eating LC. My son still likes them. But I have been able to limit it to a couple at at time. It is weird how I more attracted to corn products as a "cheat" (like cheetos, tortilla chips or popcorn), whereas when I was eating high carb if I was going to eat a snack food I would prefer potato chips much more often. Haven't had a potato chip in a long time though, many months now.

My weight is holding steady around 206. Same as a week ago. That's ok. I am giving myself a break right now. Not from LC eating, but from worrying about losing. I will get back on track soon enough.

Sounds like you did well with a stressful work week, Blue. The Nom Nom Paleo book sounds interesting, but I actually have many paleo cookbooks already (many of the popular ones) and I haven't made anything out of one of them! Plus all the Low Carbing With Friends cookbooks. Have made a few things out of them but I need to use them more. So I think I will hold off on any other cookbooks for now.

DS is having two friends over tomorrow, 1 pm until 10 am on Sunday, for a Lego movie party and sleepover. We are going to see the Lego movie in the afternoon, then out to supper. Then we'll see if they ever go to sleep. I'll make them breakfast on Sunday morning. I guess with three kids sharing the popcorn I won't be tempted to eat it at least!
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OMG, Trig, she's so pretty! She just looks...sweet. And I'm SO HAPPY for you! You have your horse! This is so cool. And I love her name. Jade, pretty, like her. I will so be looking forward to hearing news of your new baby, and getting to know her and enjoy her. This is going to be a great new joy and challenge for you---not so much time to worry about food, and that's a good thing!

I've mentioned that I have loved cheetos since I was a child, and that even as an adult pals used to laugh at my guilty orange fingers, LOL. Great that you'd eaten so well otherwise it didn't bite you, nice news on the .6 lbs down!

Misti---Nothing wrong with pausing where we are in our weight loss. Many on this board have commented that they've lost their weight in batches. Life happens and there are other things that take priority, like sometimes just enjoying where we're at! As long as we keep it low carb, I think we're on the right the path.

Good luck w/the sleep over. Lord, I remember those days with my son. So fun---I think it's a way we get to be kids again ourselves, re-living the excitement of a movie and sleep over right along w/our kids.


Well, I had a relaxing day today, nice break from the rest of the week. I also had a high calorie day. Made a big salad for lunch, and had another for dinner out with my fave neighborhood gals. The real problem came in with the cocktails and appetizers before we went out. Had a couple beef cream cheese roll up and deviled eggs, plus the drinks. the calories sure add up. But it was fine on the carbs, and that's my priority. It's good to realize I can have a big eating day that's still low carb.

Was up from 183.4 to 184.0 this am. Not sweatin' it. Well, off to bed and my book, it's late.
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Thanks guys! I think she really will be a nice horse. Just had that laid back feeling I like. Should be fun on trail to just ride and relax.


Misti, I so agree that corn products are calling me also. Just like you said a tortilla chip dipped in all the good stuff with cheese is something I won't ever give up wanting.
Weird. I ate potatoe chips before alot and also I have no problems giving them up.

ALSO, to take a break from being so overly correct in everything lc is a good thing!!!! It can get on our nerves when you feel lilke you have to tweak, track, and eat so clean you get overloaded and it can drag you down. Every day is all about losing a lb. Nope, that can make ya nuts When you just relax a bit and don't worry about the scale does help alot!

That sleepover sounds fun. Kiddo begged for her friend to stay over last night, I said no. hubby had headache and icky. just wanted a quiet house. Kiddo and friend can get SO LOUD when they get together. Sounds like your guys are going to have a great time!



Blue sounds like you had a great night also!! a few drinks is never a bad thing. makes you unwind from a long week.

orange fingers. Good thing I didn't eat enough of them to get those HAHA




Today is easy day. Play with horse and mess around with horse and do everything horse Brrr, chilly, cloudy outside. bleck.

Should be easy day in general. hubby taking my car in for oil change and tire rotation.
I hate maintenance on cars. glad hubby does that mess.

No scale today. Like Misti, I am just going to wing it today, eat clean, relax and worry about the scale on monday morning. Not going to eat junk etc....just want 2 days of no worrying lc and weight loss.

Maybe I will be surprised come monday. might lose something hope so.
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Hi gals,

Hope you had a fun day w/Jade, Trigger. And right about now Misti, you're probably at the restaurant w/all the boys. Me, I've been a complete Lazy Lou. Had several things planned to get done, and didn't do one of them. Hubby built a fire in the early afternoon and we've been in front of it all day reading and watching old Law & Orders. Not very productive but a perfect cozy winter day.

Hubby was reading my cookbook and loves it as much as I do. He's ear marked several things to make. Means I won't have to make them, they'll turn out great in his expert hands, and I'll get to eat them, no fuss no muss. Still plenty left for me to experiment with. I think we'll be Mr. And Ms. Nom Nom for awhile, lol.

So far just an artichoke and a couple handfuls of spicy roasted pumpkin seeds, those little devils are so good! Hubby is making Chicken Peanut soup for dinner, and we'll have it in front of the fire----mmmmm, lazy is yummy.
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Quiet here today I see. You're both probably tired from horseplay of different kinds. Hope you guys are having a relaxing Sunday.

I got quite a few odds and ends done today after my lovely lazy day yesterday, and will be picking up mom for dinner soon. She and hubby will have corned beef and cabbage, but I'm making myself a steak salad, just don't feel like all that salt from the cb.

I was up to 186 this am. 2 pound bounce up. Did have a slightly higher calorie week, but carbs were good. Some kind of bloat mostly I think. I did have a bad case of very sore calve muscles the last few days, from wearing the cute boots styling on hard floors rather than the sensible exercise shoes. (Note to Blue: wear the ugly shoes next time) I wonder if those sore muscles are holding onto water...haha, there is no rationalization too small!

Oh well, back to bouncin' Blue, for whatever reason. Onward.
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yea quiet day. relaxing I wish but we moved out. kiddo had friend sleep over and we hit the road early to bring Dad's bass boat back to him and hit a breakfast restuarant.

I ate a biscuit. OMG it was over the top good....then ate a few of kiddo's hashbrowns she left.

**hangs head in shame** eh, it was ok tho. just a 'very higher carb' day for this old gal and I do know that I will be up on the scale. but I can handle it.


get this.....4-8 inches of snow coming our way. believe me this will close the whole state--lol--and I am sure if it comes school will be out for the week, well, at least 4 days. supposed to start tomorrow sometimes. gonna watch weather and see if it tracks off a bit and we get way less.

Ordered my saddle and riggings and some horsey supplies. boy the money has been spent! but worth every penny. I told Mom I bought a horse, she said, 'thought you were done with that?' i said, nope love them and wanted one more. She told Dad and she figured he would say, is she nuts? LOL but he said, go for it. get what ya want when you want it as long as your other bills are in line....sensible daddy


I bet that is water retention blue along with a tad of different eating. nothing to worry about. one thing we do know is WE ALL CAN LOSE and it will happen for each of us. I love we aren't panicked anymore. We are doing our own way of getting down the scale.
I kinda think i am going in 'globs'. up a bit, down a bit, up up and down, etc. then all of the sudden I can drop 5-7 lbs and the whole process starts over.

at least we are all lower than we were
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Well the sleep over is over, thank God. The Lego movie was good, and the boys had popcorn/candy/soda. I had diet soda and a few bites of popcorn. When the movie got out at 5 pm I was ready to go to supper. They boys were stuffed. So we went to Target for a while. Boys were still not hungry, so we went home. There was nothing I wanted to eat at home, I had planned a nice meal out! So I ended up grazing/snacking all night last night. Ordered a pizza for the boys and I ate the toppings off one piece. Was sorely tempted to eat the whole piece but I threw the crust in the trash before I did. I did make some of the chocolate peanut butter pork rind dessert, and ate quite a bit of that, but DH ate more. A whole 9x13 pan is already gone. So, I could have done better this weekend and I could have done worse. Had a double quarter pounder with cheese (no bun) ad McD's today after posting about it the other day. Was in the middle of 4 hour long shopping trip today. Did the bills tonight and hope to have the taxes done by tomorrow, if I can find my Goodwill receipts. So a semi-productive weekend in the end.

Trigger, that's a lot of snow for you guys! I don't think we've even gotten that much all at once this winter. I hope you guys pull through ok. Love your new avatar! Sorry for the bounce, Blue, and the sore calves. My legs and back were hurting today myself so I did some calf stretches. Not sure if it helped. And I don't even have cute boots to blame. Not ready for Monday, but it is coming!
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