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Old 01-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #1531
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Thanks for the Sprinkles Lisa! They are beautiful!!!

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!! I am BACK!!! Praise God for New Years and New beginnings!!! His Mercies are new every MORNING, but it's nice to have a fresher slate to start out with for the year.

I'm trying the raw vegan stuff again, and trying to keep the carbs down as well. I may do some switching out of eating plans to do what my body responds to best, but bread and wheat products will NOT be in any plan I choose! My body doesn't do wheat well and it is time I respected that.

There is a doc here that we are getting to know a bit socially, and when I asked her some wheat questions, she said that there are at least 42 diseases known to be negatively influenced by wheat consumption. Now, I love my own doc, but this gal is very interested in alternative medicines, and I believe that means that she considers nutrition a vital part of one's health--- not just something people use when they need to lose weight, but in every day living. Dh still considers "healthy foods" just some sort of fad that he doesn't need to care about because he isn't overweight.

It's odd, because I often feel jealous that he can eat pretty much whatever he wants, but he really can't, or shouldn't. His mom had Alzheimer's, and I don't think he should be eating wheat. I did get him off potato chips, but he still loves his wheat: breads, gravy and sauces and other dishes made with wheat. Even though he seems healthy despite his WOE, he would be a lot healthier if he ate better. But since he won't let me help him (and it would help ME if we worked on getting healthier together) then I need to focus on doing what I can for myself.

First social event of the New Year is coming up Saturday... a party at our house. I told dh NO as far as having me make fudge. I don't want it around and I bet most people don't either. I am going to make up the jar of cookie mix that dd gave us for Christmas. Hope I can keep my lil paws out of them! Wish we'd made them while all our company was still here and they would be gone by now.

Let's make 2013 our healthiest year ever!


my DH is the same.. :/
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #1532
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Happy New Year

Wishing You, everyone else and me.....

That we can make this a healthier
and thinner year in 2013!
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #1533
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AMEN! Wishing you the same!!! <3
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #1534
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:45 PM   #1535
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Wow... four months since I posted here. Silly me... I couldn't even find this thread for awhile.

No more LC for me... my kidneys have not been functioning properly. Even though I just learned that a month ago, looking back at lab tests show that they were not functioning four years ago. I haven't checked with my doc back in Portland, but I'd like to see any lab work from 7 years ago or more. Not in any hurry, though. It won't make a difference I guess.

I am feeling well, however; and losing weight although very slowly. I spend a lot of time looking at raw vegan tutorials on youtube, and dh and I are both enjoying lots of new recipes that we never thought we'd be trying. There's a whole new world of foods out there!

A sweet friend recently remarked, "Sometimes it's when we're limited with what we can have that we really start getting creative." To me, salads used to be something that I hated to make, but enjoyed eating. But when I remember the few ingredients I used to put in a salad I have to laugh- lettuce, maybe cucumber and a tomato and sometimes a green onion. Now there's a small base of romaine, then jicama, zucchini, cucumber, radishes, avocado, green onions, red and/or green cabbage, some sort of nuts and maybe a bit of fruit or raisins or dried cranberries.

I'm learning to make Thai dishes that we both love. We still eat meat on occasion, but I don't enjoy it too much and I HATE handling the dead stuff. I don't like having to wash the pans afterwards, either. You have to admit, there's no nasty animal fat to have to wash off of vegan utensils!

I'll probably still post in this thread once in awhile, if I can find it! LOL It gives me some sort of record of my journey.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:28 PM   #1536
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I've been praying about an upcoming appointment for an echocardiogram. I was kind of thinking "why bother?" If it shows nothing wrong with my heart, it will have been a waste of time and money. If it shows something wrong with my heart, what are they going to do? "Monitor" it like they've been doing with my kidneys? (Monitor seems to be another word for charging me for a lot of appointments and lab tests that lead to nothing more than more monitoring!) Or maybe they will prescribe some sort of medication that will have a bunch of side effects that are worse than the actual disease... or that will actually cause another disease. No thank you.

I woke up this morning with severe vertigo and shooting pains in my lower back. I didn't want to cancel tomorrow's appointment at the last minute, so I decided to cancel it now instead. I actually moved it to the end of next month, but I'm not sure I'm going to follow through then, either - for all the reasons I listed above.

After I'd changed my appointment, someone from the hospital called to pre-register me, since she hadn't been notified that I wasn't coming in. During our conversation, she mentioned that I needed to be ready to pay about $244 when I do come in. I asked if my insurance covers that, and she explained that the $244 is the 10% that the insurance doesn't cover. Wow- that means my one hour appointment costs $2440! Funny how the bills keep adding up, when not one solitary thing has been done to improve my health! Just "monitoring" it! Right...

I am ACTIVELY improving my health with healthy eating and with exercise. That $244 is going towards a Champion Juicer that will last the rest of my life and then probably for the life of one of my kids or their kids. We also bought two of our kids each a Vita Mix so they can start getting healthier, too. They don't have weight problems, but that doesn't mean they are healthy! (We'd buy them for the other two kids if they were interested in getting healthy, as well.)

Last night we had the most delicious cold soup! (Dh used to hate cold soups, but he is a fan of this one.) It had lemon juice, avocado, macadamia nut oil, daikon radish, jicama, celery, ginger, Celtic Sea salt, jalapeno and Heaven knows what else in it. I never would have tried this recipe if I hadn't had the opportunity to taste it at our raw vegan class. Now it goes into our list of favorites!

I am on top of my game today: I've exercised twice, been drinking all my water, my juice and my Barley Max and I've gotten a lot of chores done around the house. And all this with my vertigo and the pain spasms in my back. I have impressed myself today. LOL I am off to do my on-line class and then fix dinner.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:37 PM   #1537
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Hmmmm... where did I go? Guess I got caught up with all the house guests we've had and all the other stuff that life brings.

I have not kept any of my medical appointments and now I'm almost afraid to actually show up for one and then get yelled at for waiting so long. A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call that was a recorded message, telling me I had an appt for the following day. Well, it was the wrong day, the wrong month AND at the wrong hospital! I called them to advise them of their mistake (AGAIN because this is the third time.) No apologies for messing up and wasting my time, and she actually made it sound like she was doing me a favor by rescheduling it for when it was supposed to be in the first place. She also mentioned that she would "change it this time since it was at the wrong facility." So was she saying that even though it was also the wrong day of the week and the wrong month that they wouldn't have let me change it? Good grief.

Yesterday I took the plunge and began a 15 day program that is designed to clean out my gut, help me start better habits and get me back on track to better health. It will actually be a 22 day program for me, because it is advised that I repeat phases 1 and 2 since I have more than 10 pounds to lose. (WAY more!) So I am going to try to check in here daily or almost daily at least through this process.

I lost 2.5 pounds since beginning the program yesterday. Yes, it may have been water weight and waste, but I've been retaining fluids so I'm glad to have 2.5 pounds less of anything on board. LOL

Everything I eat on this program is from scratch, made from vegan ingredients and is all organic unless there is something I can't find in organics. The first three days are "shakes" and cold soups, and then I move on to salads. In two days so far I have only gotten hungry when I have been late for a meal or missed a snack. The program calls for 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, and I'm having trouble eating that often. It is now past dinner time and I still have not had my lunch or afternoon snack. Now see? I am glad I am putting this down in writing so I can acknowledge the seriousness of it and do something about it.

Yesterday I was not able to keep on schedule with my meals either. I woke up way too early and eventually went back to bed. Then I slept too late, so I was already behind schedule. There were many distractions and interruptions during the day, and I did not eat nearly enough.

Today I got an earlier start, albeit not early enough and I want to try to do better. Again I had numerous distractions, and an obligation to fulfill (making gift bags for a charity event) so those are my excuses for the day. The bags are done and I will try to do better from here on out.

I am amazed at how getting on track can help me feel better in such a short period of time! I am moving better and without pain and I have had no cravings at all. This just goes to show that if I fuel my body with what it truly needs instead of what I think I want, I will have better results.

Side note: A young friend of mine (in her 20's) told me that she only eats to provide fuel for her body. She is not tempted by any junk foods or anything that wouldn't provide good nourishment. She is one of the healthiest people I've known, and I doubt that she will ever have to struggle with weight issues and will probably avoid many other health issues as well.

How I would love to go to the beach and be focused on flying kites, renting a dune buggy or chasing waves instead of wondering who has the best fish and chips.

My goal last year was to be at such a weight this summer that I could go Aqua Podding in the lakes here on the island with my husband. I honestly believe that I turn to food for entertainment because I am not physically fit enough to do the things I really want to do.

There is one fact I need to come to terms with: If I eat like "normal" people, I gain a lot of weight and I gain it rapidly. If I "diet" like a lot of people, I can maintain my weight but I will not lose it. To actually lose weight and to get healthy, I need to completely revamp my way of eating. Atkins served me well the first few times I followed it, but due to kidney disease I cannot follow Atkins any longer. That makes me sad because many of my favorite recipes are low carb. However, I am learning new recipes and finding new favorites.

I still believe in the low-carb lifestyle for those who can do it. I'd like to hang around here and continue to offer my support to the low-carbers here. I'd like to continue posting about my journey; although it has changed I still feel the need to journal and to seek support from my friends. I don't have a support network anywhere else.

Time for one of my meals... if I can figure out which one!
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:00 PM   #1538
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Day 3 of my new program and I am trying to eat as much as I'm supposed to. Sad thing is that I have just been busy with stuff and don't go into the kitchen to make all my meals as often as I'm supposed to. So far today I had my breakfast and lunch. I missed my morning snack and my afternoon snack and I should be having dinner right now.

Yesterday we had a huge thunderstorm and dh was out in the sailboat. I called him and asked him to come right back in, but he said they would tuck into a cove until the storm passed. Well, I was pretty freaked out and went straight for the pantry to grab something to munch on. I caught myself doing that and realized that it was not hunger at all-- it was the stress of the situation. So I stepped back out of the pantry, closed the door and walked away.

Around bedtime I knew I had not had near enough to eat, but didn't want any more liquids because that kept me up the night before. With my tummy growling, I figured I could have some nuts or something. Then I decided to just stay away from the kitchen and I didn't cave after all. So right now I am not eating junk I am not supposed to eat, but I also am not eating all that I should be eating.

The scales showed that I have lost another 2.5 pounds, so that is 5 pounds since Wednesday. I know I need to eat more or my body is going to think that I am trying to starve it and then the weight loss will stop.

Tomorrow is a parade and community fair, which means there will be a lot of temptations. I plan to pack my snack and my lunch so there won't be any excuses.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:23 PM   #1539
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Two more pounds gone this morning, so 7 pounds since Wednesday! I cannot believe how much better I feel in such a short amount of time.

I didn't get all my meals in today, but I think I got breakfast, a snack. lunch and dinner. I had about a half cup of soup leftover from dinner and just couldn't finish it. I was still hungry and the soup actually tasted good, but I just couldn't do it. I wanted something crunchy, and I don't mean celery.

I got to have a salad for lunch today... first solid food on the program since I started. It was a weird combination that scared me... spinach (I do not like raw spinach), lettuce, avocado, 2 TBL fresh raw corn from the cob, diced tomatoes and.... sauerkraut! The sauerkraut was raw, very expensive and from a health food store. I thought it was going to gag me, but I was very pleasantly surprised! This was my favorite meal so far. You are supposed to mush the avocado around so that it coats the spinach and lettuce and then you don't need a dressing. It worked!

I brushed my teeth shortly after dinner to remind myself that I am done eating for the day. I'm supposed to have one more snack but it is just too late to eat anything else tonight.

Dh wants us to start walking again. How nice that I didn't have to ask him!
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #1540
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WHAT? It's been 3 days since I last posted? Time sure does get away from me. I forgot to post on another weight-loss journaling place as well...

It's been more difficult staying on program than I expected, but not because I am hungry. Well, I DO get hungry, but only because I am not eating enough. I'll start drinking a shake and either get full or just tired of drinking it. So I stick it in the fridge, thinking I will drink it later, but I don't. Because "later" I am supposed to be making a new shake or a new soup or a new salad and I don't do that, either, because I'm tired of spending so much time in the kitchen.

Today was a bit better. I had my morning shake, which was actually Ani's Chocolate Banana Mylk. She spells it like that because there is actually no milk in anything. It was a frozen banana, 2 TBL of cacao powder, 1 cup of filtered water and 2 TBL ground flax meal. It says to add a pinch of sweetener, but I decided to try it first to see if it needed any, and it didn't. It really did taste a lot like regular chocolate milk, and it was very enjoyable.

I skipped my morning snack... just not hungry. Lunch was a big salad made with Asian cabbage, carrots, cucumber, mint, cilantro and basil with a ginger dressing. It also called for a tablespoon of nutritional yeast, which I tried once in another recipe and couldn't stand. So, I didn't think I would like the salad much, but it was amazingly good! I guess that will teach me to keep an open mind when it comes to trying new recipes.

Total lost since last Wednesday: 8 pounds.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #1541
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Well, well, well. Guess who fell off the wagon AGAIN??? I KNOW I need to be eating healthier and I WANT to eat healthier but I get to a point where I am hungry and don't have food ready to eat so I eat what I shouldn't be eating. Will I ever learn?

We are planning a 4 day getaway in a couple of weeks, and I am planning foods to take ahead of time. There are no free breakfasts at any of the hotels where we will be staying and that makes dh sad, but it is to my advantage. I plan to make up 2 days worth of juices and for theother two days I will have ingredients for smoothies and will take along my Magic Bullet. I may take along some healthy dressing in case I come across any salads that look decent... you know- not bagged lettuce!

Gonna cut this short and get back to planning.
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