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Old 11-03-2011, 01:38 PM   #121
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If anyone can do it, Amber, you can! You're going to see Onederland soon... look how close you are! There's the holidays, but that's so manageable with all of these low carb recipes everywhere. The real challenge was the wedding and honeymoon and stuff, especially traveling, I think, is very hard.

I know, the metaformin HAS to be what's finally doing it for me. I swear I couldn't lose a single pound! And was slowwwwly creeping back up every dang time I stepped on that scale it was either exactly the same or more. And I've been anal low carb for months (LOL, that's what I call it, instead of militant) since I had the radiation and could finally stop that horrible low iodine diet... blechk! I never wanna see unsalted matzo again!

At least on weekends you can relax and have plenty of time to cook whatever you want. That's when I do my fancy low carb breakfasts and stuff.

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I hope you have a great weekend !!
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:53 PM   #123
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Thanks! I hope yours is great too!
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:15 AM   #124
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Hey Girl !!!

I hope all is well...THANKS for the Happy Vets Day wishes...!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:56 AM   #125
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Alisa- you need to post your good news!!!!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:32 AM   #126
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LOL! Hi Amber =)

Yes, the metaformin IS WORKING! I am down to 212/213 lbs, as of the past couple days! WOOHOO!

And that's only with the minimal starting dose. I go to the dr. on Friday. At our last visit, she said, if my body tolerates metaformin well and it seems beneficial to my numbers (blood, weight) we can start a normal dose next. Well, my blood work should all be there & waiting, since I went to the lab this weekend, and my weight IS moving now. So my fingers are crossed big time for that!
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:24 PM   #127
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Good luck I swear it was what helped me lose I would just spin my wheels, glad you are happy with your losses you are doing great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Have a great Thanksgivng girl !!! Blessings and Thanks to you and your family !!
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:38 AM   #129
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Wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, lots to be thankful for this year, good health!!!!!
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:26 AM   #130
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Happy Thanksgiving, Amber! LOL.... just a little late

I'm a full 8-months cancer free now. Woohoo!
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YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!OMG 8 months has it been that long already man this year has flown!!!!

How you doing we started a new challenge, I forget if you came over to it???
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Yeah, I'm there. I've just been kind of quiet I haven't been able to get to the boards as much as I'd like to but I'm still here, plugging along!
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That's what we gotta do hun, just keep plugging then it catches up with us and makes us smile!!!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:47 PM   #134
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Guess what? I am smiling! The scale said 209 this morning.
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Awesome- I saw the scars you are looking beautiful as always!!!!!! So proud of you-you beat a lot of crap this year, you need to be proud of yourself and rejoice that the cancer is gone and you have a new lease on life!!!! Plus you are freaking gorgeous!!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:30 PM   #136
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Thanks, Amber!



So here's me right now

I'm still at 209, but feeling great and my clothes are FINALLY starting to get baggy. I've only been waiting for that since January '11! It's taken almost a year to get to where I might be in the next size down soon! But the important part is I'm getting there.
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Ugh. And here's a very sobering one! Me at my heaviest, right after surgery and before chemo, side by side with now.

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Alisa!!!
Look at you!!!! You look amazing, you should have that side by side as your avi!!!!! You should be very proud of yourself you had a tough year and look at you shine!!! I cannot wait for you to get to the next size!!!!! You are gorgeous always were, and you looked super in your dress!!!! You look like you lost way more than 30 pounds!!!
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Thanks so much, Amber! I just might do that. I am still so embarrassed about how I looked, OMG that wasn't me, it couldn't have been! I'm feeling a lot better physically but I'm also feeling a huge amount better mentally because the weight is finally starting to move =) I'm hoping like crazy to be in Onederland by January, but that weight is stubborn to fight off, even with the metaformin. It's like I have to fight every single pound for weeks before it goes away.... but then it's gone, and that's a great feeling!
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Yeah you did it, I love it!!! I know it is frustrating but like I said if you keep at it you will get good whooshes and then its gone for good, so keep plugging even when it is tough!
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I'm down to 206 today

I'm finally feel like I'm seeing some light! Onderland is starting to feel like a real goal. I'm starting to feel hopeful about those bags and bags of my old favorite clothes in smaller sizes. It all feels possible again

I'm not quite down into size 14 jeans yet, but I can't wear my 16Ws anymore, they are way too baggy, and I my regular 16s are getting that way by the end of the day wearing them too, mostly in the backside. I have to wear belts to hold them up, which I will be SO happy to loose because I'm allergic to metal and those buckles have made my stomach a rash-y, blister-y mess. I lugged my 14s up to my closet and they are sitting there, waiting. I also dragged all of my XL tops. The XXL tops are getting big too, heck, even my bras are getting baggy.... butt and boob shrinkage... not exactly the result you want but, if they are going, that means the rest of me will soon follow

So it's total motivation to behave well through the holidays
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The holidays went very well! I started to veer off plan, twice (once with fudge on Christmas, once with a great quantity of wine on New Years) but I was able to get right back on plan both times.

Guess what? I'm wearing my size 14 jeans! Well, the GAP brand ones, anyway. The Levis are going to take a little more work to be comfortable. I cannot wear my 16Ws at all, not even get away with them around the house and with a belt, and the 16s are fitting like the 16Ws were before Christmas... they are so baggy and can't wear them and not be self-consious because they hang off of me so badly. I like that

I'm 204.0 today
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My first annual thyroid cancer screening is complete. This included stopping all meds and following the horrid low iodine diet for months, and then getting the radioiodine dosing, and scans. Verdict? Woohoo! I am over one year cancer free now! =)

The downside to that was regaining some of the weight that I’ve been fighting so hard to lose. I was doing well at first—I was diligent about making good food choices… as good as I could, anyway. I was careful to push myself to get activity. I actually pushed so hard I made myself sick a couple of times within those months, but the scale was holding steady! Woot! But, then, towards the end, as my body went uber-hypo and especially after the radiation dosing, which made me want to just SLEEP all the time, the weight started packing on anyway. I thought about giving myself a “free” week following, to celebrate freedom from the low iodine diet, being cancer free, and feeling somewhat human again, but felt horribly guilty and nothing tasted all that great the one day I lasted doing it. So I went right back on the low carb wagon instead.

So, I’ve been back in the low carb game since June 25th. This includes a week of vacation at Virginia Beach. I did well on vacation except for a moment of weakness at the Busch Gardens Germany hut, where I went for the amazing-looking chocolate cake. I wish I could say it was worth the splurge, but it was a dry and spongy; I mostly tried to lick the glaze icing out from between the layers, the whole time thinking, “Ugh, I bet I could make this SO much better low carb!”

Anyway, besides meat (and seafood!), which I can have all I want of now, I really, really missed dairy products on the low iodine diet, so I’ve been letting myself eat frankenfoods, like “no sugar added” ice cream and such. I know I’m not doing myself any favors there. Also, on vacation, I carried Jack Link’s brand beef jerky around with me a lot. Again, processed frankenfood and I was doing no favors to myself!

If I want to lose this weight, I need to drop the processed products. I’m thinking about investing in a little ice cream maker by the end of this week. That way, when I “need a little something” I can use whole foods like grass-fed cream and know exactly what I’m eating, instead of sabotaging myself with hidden carbs and processed crap. I also bought flank steak, coconut aminos, and a couple of other things so I can try making my own beef jerky =)

As of today, I am back down to 201. I WAS 192 before the yearly thing, and I went up to 208, during. I need to do a lot better than that—I want my Onederland & Beyond back. I figure it’s time to come back to the land of the LCF living and start journaling and mingling a little again, now that I can be AND feel positive about things again =)
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Alisa- I got a little ice cream maker at Target last year it was cheap and all it took was heavy cream, and you freeze it in the bowl and then it churns for a bit, really yummy!!!!

I am glad you are cancer free you went through a ton!!!! It is hard to Low carb without some frankenfoods I struggle with giving up stuff, like my liquid splenda, LOL But I figure a little frankenfood is better than going off the wagon like I do!!!!

I clutched 199 for 5 weeks after my surgery then it started going back up, I was 208 before vacation, came home after one week away and weighed 224 on Monday I almost died, in 3 days I got 10 pounds off was 214 this morning! So I am trying desperately to get under 200 again and stay there!
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Oh, there's no way 16 lbs in one week stood any chance against you! =) And I bet the surgery had your body retaining a lot of extra fluid as well. It's so hard to get off, yet it reappears so effortlessly! It sucks!

Wow. I am SO HAPPY to hear you got your surgery out of the way. You were so excited and in full planning mode around the time I left. I'm sure it was no walk in the park but it sounds like you're almost totally recooped from that and you're still low carbing. You know, that's way more than a bunch of people can say in the same boat, I'm sure!

I love my Splenda but I'm making myself use up what I have (which was a huge gallon bucket full of packets and a few half-full bags) and I'm only buying and bringing Truvia, erythitol, and xylitol in the house now. I still use Splenda when I'm out places and in packaged foods here and there, though.

Oh, I'm also going to try this recipe for microwave coconut flour bread I keep seeing. I have high hopes for that. I really want to try to get myself in the habit of eating more whole foods.

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to check out Target too now!
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I know I have Truvia and another one here to try to switch too, the splenda drops are so easy and I love it, but I know it is bad, when I see the endo I am anxious to talk to her about it. SHe is doing a bunch of tests, are you still on the Metformin? I am thinking maybe I still need that?? I am going to talk to her about it.
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Yes, the one I am taking is Glumetza, which is another brand of it. I wasn't taking it all during those months either, and I've had to go back on it very slowly! I don't think it helps me lose any weight, though! It just twists my stomach in knots! LOL! I could be wrong, but at least I am getting my leptin straight, I think... it's been such a long process trying to tweak my body back to normal and keep it there and figure out the "lots of little things" (aside from the ThyCa, per my endo) that are out of whack. But every little bit helps anyway, right? =)

Lots of luck with the endo. I hope you like her and she is great to work with!

Now for the totally off-topic but not really off-topic stuff: FOOD!

I found a great store on my way home from work that I never took the time to check out before. It's a big greenhouse-type structure on the side of the road, Eden Organics. It's connected to Living Waters farm market (which I need to explore next). Anyway, it carries grass-fed cream and some hard-to-find items. Like, I was looking all over creation for coconut aminos earlier this week, and they had three varieties. And a few other specialty ingredients I saw that I can use. I'm pretty excited about that! It's nice to have somewhere you can stop by and grab what you need, and not have to order it, pay shipping, and wait. I have a feeling I'll be trying lots of things I didn't know I needed before, though, this way

LIKE... the So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream No Sugar Added Mint Chip they carry? OMG!!! 10 grams of fiber; 5 grams of sugar alcohol... 3 net carbs per serving! I have never seen this before. It is so good it would almost defeat the purpose of trying to make it myself if it wasn't for the fact that the stuff costs a fortune! (I decided do need to try the chocolate next, though). Now, the grain-free frozen wild crab Maryland-style crab-cakes that I also picked up were a disgustingly different story! Blechk! But I also found cartons of unsweetened coconut/almond milk hybrid. Never seen an unsweetened version of it mixed before... and decently-priced, too. That's what went into my Jay Robb's egg white protein powder shake this morning I don't like plain unsweetened coconut milk, so this is a nice compromise so I'm not ingesting so much nut stuff. I'd like to switch over completely to coconut milk, eventually.

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That icecream sounds soooo good sounds like a great store! Having grass fed meats and cream and butter is a good thing the grass fed stuff has higher concentrations of CLA which is good for you and more Omega 3's it is more expensive but with your cancer scare it is a small price to pay they say it has anti cancer properties as well!

I had the coconut/almond mix I didnt like it as well as the one on its own, I favor almond milk, but I have a protein powder that is zero carb and I like mixing that with the coconut milk. I was such a milk lover I never thought I could grow to love these but the almond milk doesnt even phase me. Last week though I grabbed the sweetened by accident and had to dump it, they have so many flavors you never what to pull at the store.

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Whew. All this time and I am FINALLY back to 199 this morning. I saw it briefly at 199.8 two weeks ago. I really am fighting to lose every single pound! And I am doing my best to eat clean and get at least 20 mins of extra, real activity every day. I'm not even drinking wine! I can't even remember the last time I had a glass now!

I'm using my kickboxing bag again =) Well, once, so far, but it's back upstairs with the gloves, with water in it, and with the DVDs. I need a jump rope. So, besides long walks with the dog, I'm finally adding in some official exercising. I have a big variety of DVDs. Eventually, by this fall, I want to be to the point where I'm going back to the gym again! My energy is back more than 50% of the time now and I'm feeling great! So, like last time, it takes me a full month to bounce back from the low iodine diet, the radiation and being off of the thyroid meds to severely hypo. I am going to try insisting to the doc about getting thyrogen shots next year, instead of going off the meds. That'll be one less factor knocking me back down every freakin' year.
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