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Old 11-16-2013, 07:01 AM   #31
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Another decision today. I'm no longer going to weight daily. I have for 4 years pretty much, and I really get upset with sodium UP bounces. I know what they are, and can invariably trace the bounce to soy sauce, salt, or eating my beloved hard salami the day before. But I'm not going to beat myself up anymore when I bounce up. So Sunday will be my weigh-in day from now on.

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Old 11-17-2013, 04:29 AM   #32
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Hi Peggy. I finally stopped the mindless munching last Wednesday. I am back to daily weighing which is the only way to go for me. I am up almost a lb from yesterday even after being careful. I ate Dreamfields pasta (carefully measured) 2 days in a row and I bet that is the problem.

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Old 11-17-2013, 06:32 AM   #33
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Oct. 27 - 175 (NC 21)
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Nov 17-175 (NC 17) - I ate cashews yesterday. Not Induction food. Baaaaad decision. So back to the old grind of pure Induction. I HAVE, on the other hand, gone without a Diet Coke for 2 days. Woo Hoo on THAT one.

Yes, Heidi, we're finding it easier. We just try to make sure he eats 1 veggies with high vitamin K a day (usually at dinner, with a salad or Hi-K veggie) and hopefully, that is keeping his K levels consisstent from day to day. They are dosing his Coumadin to fit how he's routinely eating. We both just have to be much more mindful of his intake than ever before. He's always been pretty mindless about his eating (shifting that balancing act over to me, the cook), but he's actually able to tell me each evening what K foods he's eaten, even when away from home. Sometimes.....he's a good boy.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #35
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Hi Peggy, I am still struggling to relose the weight I gained. I used to eat an avocado for a lunch time snack every day. Alas, avocados are hard to find these days, at least in Georgia. I end up eating way too much dairy in a given day. If I don't eat so much dairy then I am hungry!!

How are you coping with hubby's new diet? As his condition becomes more stable they may loosen up a bit on his restrictions.
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I hear ya, girl. I've been down on the San Antonio Riverwalk for a week vacationing and visiting with my Mom and my brother down from Seattle. No scale in the hotel. Totally blew it in the carb department the whole time I was down there. don't know why I did that. Am really afraid to get on the scale Sunday. I KNOW I've gained because I ate badly. I need to get serious else I'm going to find that I've gained everything back I've lost in 4 years. But I'll keep eating low-carb, because I know it's what's best for me. No more company or family until late Feb. or early March when we get together to do Mom's taxes again. So I should be able to keep on plan from now on.

Actually, My husband is staying consistently in the "good" range for his clotting factor so the Coumadin regimen isn't presenting many problems anymore. He's staying so level, they only recheck him once a month now instead of weekly. We figured out if he had 1 serving of a high vitamin K food daily (without exception), and another serving of a medium or low K food the same day, that was effectively keeping his K levels consistent from day to day and that's what's apparently important when they are setting up the proper dose of Coumadin for him. So it's apparently not as difficult as it all sounded to me in the beginning. We just have to be consistent on the leafy green vegetables that are so high in vitamin K, not eliminate them. I continue to cook them, he just eats his allotted portion and quits, and that's working out OK for us.

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Old 12-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #39
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Well, I know I said I wasn't going to weigh except once a week on Sundays, but I couldn't stand the suspense after being on vacation in San Antonio for a week eating badly. But I got on the scale this morning and I DIDN'T GAIN A SINGLE POUND!!! Man, I don't know how that could be, but we did a LOT of walking, plus it was so darn cold, I think the body burns calories just to keep you warm, so that must be why I didn't gain. So today, I'm back on the Induction wagon for sure.

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You have really managed the food intake for your hubby skillfully. Years of cooking helps! Now if weight were that easy to manage. I can manage to maintain or on a moderate carb diet. I'm afraid it is portion control that is kicking my butt.
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I suspect portion control is my issue as well. I've had a rotten sinus infection or something that's zapping me this month and if I'm going to cave to eating a food I shouldn't, THAT's when it's going to happen. Been taking 1500mg Vitamin C to try to dry it up (that's what the ENT doc I used to work for always prescribed to his patients for the condition), but the problem is really draining me. I'm sure teh week of walking outdoors in San Antonio didn't help the issue any either. Haven't felt like doing a bit of Christmas shopping, but luckily, I only have 3 people to shop for, since all the nieces and nephews are grown and gone now.

We'll get it under control, Heidi, so hang in there. The mere fact that we're sticking with our efforts tells me that. It's when folks QUIT coming back to low-carb they gain it all back. I'm sure you and I won't do that if we persist with our LC efforts. The occasional slip like mine this last week isn't going to be our undoing, but it can be if we don't get right back to LC eating with a "no seconds" at dinner approach. It's just that all these wonderful LCF recipes taste so good, sometimes the "no seconds" approach just doesn't work for me either.
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Man, I can't win for losing. Hubby to the ER the day I get back from San Antonio (A-Fib twice in two months); Mom to ER in San Antonio twice in 1 week for a serious fall. No broken bones or dislocations but can't walk or get up and down without someone lifting her. Had to put her in a nursing home rehab facility 3 days before Christmas to see if they can get her walking again. And now, to top it off, I get Shingles for the second time in 4 months from all the stress. Got to get the doc to phone in the antiviral med tomorrow if she can't see me. She's gonna wander what's going on having just prescribed it in August!

Needless to say, with all the Cortisol running around in my system, I have lost not pound one!
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Got to run back down to San Antonio Wednesday for a Family Meeting with Mom's Care Assessment Team at the nursing home. Hopefully I'll have some idea of how long they think she will be in there. When released, we are going to transition her to a Memory Care facility where she will get meds, meals, supervision 24/7 and specific therapies for her advancing dementia. My brother and I feel with 5 falls in 2 years, she needs closer movement supervision for her own safety and welfare. So my Spring dance card is pretty much filled up, with all this, and our own, her personal and the Trusts' Income Taxes as frosting on the stress cake. UGH.
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You are an incredibly strong person...!
Take time to be gentle to yourself...find that cup of hot green tea...if only for a 10 minute time out!
Take Mom out into the sunshine...even if only for a few minutes.
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My weather app. tells me it is 60 degrees there right now...and promises sunshine tomorrow(I keep track, my son lives there)
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Hi, Peggy,

I've been following your struggles and really empathize with that horribly stubborn weight. I am a very slow loser and every half pound off is a major victory.

I'm 65, and although you are not supposed to have to count calories on Atkins, I have to, even though I keep my carbs around 20 per day. I'm just super sensitive to carbs. I'm 5'5, and I can't lose unless I eat under 1300 calories a day. I maintain at 1500. And that's on strict Atkins induction.

All the advice to eat more veggies just triggers uncontrollable appetite and I gain until I get back under 20 carbs and 1300 calories.

Do you know your BMR and how many calories per day you need at your age and weight?
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Thanks so much GalvestonGal. I am trying to take care of myself, too.

Sunny, I've just been so overwhelmed, I can't even find time to track my food intake. But I'm starting that today. Must buckle down lest I gain back even more. I'm 5'5" too and have decided that all the charts tell me I can eat more. But I've come to the conclusion that you and a close friend on LowCarbFriends forums came to.........that I must keep it to 1200-1300 or I'm never going to lose any more weight. So that is my plan from now on. That calorie range is so hard to maintain and keep the fats up at the same time.......but I'm gonna have to try.
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peggy--i don't know if what I'm going to say is at all helpful, so feel free to ignore. I am hypothyroid and very carb sensitive. However, I have finally found that I need to eat very little fat and a whole lot of veggies and some fruit to lose. Unlike everyone else on LCF, I found that the fat actually was impeding my progress. Kind of the joel fuhrman style veganism (although I also eat yogurt and cottage cheese). Eating this way, I slowly but surely lose weight and my carbs are higher. I also feel so much more satisfied. I only say this because some of us older ladies don't actually do all that well on LC (I am 59). just my 2 cents.
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Hi Ouiz. Yes, I think I may just be one of those that does better on a calorie restrictive diet. 3 years ago, when I upped my fat big-time with daily coconut oil intake, I initially lost and then started gaining. Throughout my life I've been able to lose eating 1000-1200 calories. So I amy just go back to that approach for awhile. I really don't want to do the potato hack anymore as I'm too burned out on them. And my new doctor REALLY doesn't want me doing potato hacks anymore. But she is OK with low-carb actually. I'm going to try low-calorie-low-carb for awhile and see where that takes me (hopefully down).

Thanks so much for the advice and encouragement Ouiz. It's always welcome and appreciated.

Got to run back down to San Antonio to visit with Mom's Nursing Home Rehap Assessment Team tomorrow. Hopefully they will be encouraging and say they can release Mom soon. I'm eager to see how far her PT has brought her mobility with my own eyes.
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I am finding that the only way I can stay on LC and keep the fats up is to cut the protein.

I do know that if I eat any significant amount of carbs my blood pressure and blood sugar skyrocket. And if I let that happen again, I may not be healthy enough to have another chance.

Right now I am stuck on the scale. But even if I never lose another pound, I'll continue to LC.

I've decided to pretty much eat to appetite for a few days, then start trying to lower the calories again.

But as Quiz pointed out, we are all different and we have to find what works for us.

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Thanks Sunny. Mom's nursing home will not release her to her independent living apartment. The verdict is in from the assessment team there. So my brother and I will be moving her over to an Alzheimers/dementia facility on-site where she lives Feb. 3rd and 4th. I'm so busy running back and forth from San Antonio getting everything set up and making so many phone calls, don't know when I'll be able to post anymore recipes on my site or do much forum posting. We haven't even told Mom yet. Man I dread that. Had to give our private CNA notice today we will be terminating her services the end of February. Man, I hate to do that as I know she really needs the income. But hopefully she can find another home health client or hook up with an agency again. When it rains, it pours, huh?
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Wish I could say something that would help, but it looks like you are going through one of those difficult times that there's no way out of.

I hope things work out okay for you and for your Mom.
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Thanks, Sunny. I have to run down to San Antonio Thursday for 10 days to get Mom moved from the nursing home to the memory care facility. Man, I dread sizing down her 2-bedroom apartment of 30 years of "stuff" down to a single bedroom. But it's got to be done. And wouldn't ya know (like I need anything else on my plate right now), hubby fell on the icy curb coming out of the hospital yesterday (had some cardio tests for his A-fib problems). Poor thing. The onlooking valet boys helped him up and he drove himself on home. But I soon realized (when he couldn't lift a heavy cookbook to his shoulder) that he needed to have a professional look into that arm injury. Drove him to a walk-in clinic and they decided it wasn't broken, and the rotator cuff didn't seem to be involved. Range of motion was good with no "screaming in pain". But time could prove the rotator cuff IS involved and they recommended an ortho look at it if it doesn't get better in a week.

So it looks like he's not going to be much "physical" help moving Mom next week, but he'll be invaluable moral and "supervisory support" for me and my brother while we accomplish the dreaded task before us.

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You are so wise to take 10days.
My 2 sisters took a month to close down our Mother's house...3 bedrooms.
She however had been labeling items in her house with the names of her children/grandchildren.
They would open a drawer and find names (of who had given her the item) pinned to it.
Be gentle to yourself as you do this loving task...your Mother would thank you if she could.
We were in San Antonio this past week, our DIL's Father had passed away and our Son was in Budapest. Family support is a blessing.
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Thanks for stopping by my journal, GG. I have actually already begun the "clean out" process, as Mom was already beginning to exhibit the almost pathological collecting/hoarding/hiding-stuff-for-a-rainy-day behaviors so often seen with advancing dementia. That advanced effort on my part over the last few months will really help it go smoother for us.

Luckily we can hire an on-site concierge moving team at $30/hour to move the few items of large furniture and her packed boxes of personal items. I just need to box it all up before they show up Feb. 3rd.

I'm sure with my brother (who flies in the 1st) and my husband in-tow, the three of us will get it all done. Her old apartments must be bare to the walls by Feb. 28th, but I can always go back down a second time if need be to sell or get rid of any remaining furniture.
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Hi Peggy, I deal with some cognitive problems with my mom and I can imagine how tough it is with a sick hubby besides. Take care.
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Thanks Heidi. I'm sure we'll get it all done just fine. And hopefully the stress of having to tell Mom of this life-change won't bring on my FOURTH case of shingles. I'd just as soon not have that on top of everything else.
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I got back today. I'm exhausted. We got her furniture moved over to the bedroom on Monday. Checked her out of the nursing home and took her over on Tuesday. She accepted it with no tears, no resistance, no explosive scenes (which we expected). I think deep down she still rememberd she could do NOTHING for herself when she fell. A part-time CNA and the medicine home delivery service were no longer enough "oversight".

She seems comfortable already in her new room and with the new daily routines there. We visited with her for a few hours each day and helped her get oriented to her new environs.

We fear she has been placed in the wrong cognitive-level group of residents than she is functioning at (most in her wing are barely verbal). They neither verbalize with staff nor each other much. My mother is still quite the Chatty Cathy 75% of the time and able to do much more for herself than the residents I see around her.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to think the recent fall and nursing home stay were quite disorienting in and of themselves. Add on top of that a stranger administering the standard cognitive test rather than her regular geriatric doctor might also have had a negative impact on her test results.

My brother and I voiced our concerns the first day to the administrator, who said Mom will be reavaluated in 2 weeks and if the second test evaluation is higher, she would likely be placed in the next higher cognition wing. We know mother isn't at the "highest cognition" level. We saw those folks sitting at their COMPUTERS in their rooms! But mother is still very verbal, and can converse with others and make perfectly good sense 80% of the time. In fact, she can often appear in conversations or in telling recollections, to not have dementia AT ALL! Her closest friends she ate breakfast with for the last few years didn't even know she HAD dementia until this month, despite a diagnosis as far back as 3˝ years ago. I sincerely hope the evaluators find they have indeed misdiagnosed her functionality level. We will continue to be her advocate for a switch.

On a more positive note, she is settling into her new environment quite nicely. She is already eating a bit better. She actually gained 3# since Monday! Could just be a difference in scales; but might be real gain! The aides say she is eating about 80% of the food on her plate each meal, whereas she was NOT eating that volume while in the nursing home (where she lost 14# in just 45 days! I honestly don't think they were really ENCOURAGING her to eat more at the nursing home). They are also giving her calorie-laden milkshakes 3xdaily.

When we left, as we said goodby, my brother said "Mom, I REALLY like your new home". She smiled, turned to him and whispered "I do too."

I go back down for the first reassessment in 2 weeks and will see how she is gaining/settling in.

Man, we had to eat out 3xdaily down there, so I'm really afraid to get on the scale. I'm sure I gained.

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