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Old 12-28-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Self Care Journal

I'm going to restart my food plan today - I can't wait for the new year to begin, for me to begin again. I started (well I started many times but THIS time) in June 2011, and went from 260 to 210 before stalling and deciding to maintain there for a while, in Dec. 2011. I did maintain that loss until this past summer 2013, when I stopped going to yoga as often ( I had been going 4-6 times a week), which also led to being less strict with my diet, letting my "Self Care" go to pot in general. Over the past 3 months I've gained 30 lbs back, culminating with "I'm taking December off". What scary words those are, LOL! I knew it when I said it, but I did it anyway.

So here I am, back at it. I am not slapping myself in the face, I am remembering to take care of my physical self (and therefore mental - they do marry together)and I must be vigilant with this. What a High I'm on when I'm eating healthy foods, and taking care of my body. I need that, everyone does. I am also on a spiritual journey right now, and am learning to listen to my true self where food is concerned, not my ego (food addiction in my case).

My plan today:

Coffee/cream/splenda drops
3 eggs scrambled in butter
Chipolte chicken bowl (double cx, hot salsa, sour cream, cheese, guac & lettuce)

I may or may not get exact calorie/nutrient info every day, but for a while I will. This totals 1253 calories, 16 net carbs.

There may be more food involved, I'll see if I'm hungry later and will update my totals if so.

Today I'll do restorative yoga - this is a stretchy, easy class. I'll also walk my dog later.

I wish peace, understanding, and love for yourselves and others to anyone who happens to read this journal.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Wishing you peace too, Bobbin, and success in your undertaking.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Thank you.

I can see right now I will need bacon for dinner later, lol! I don't have that miraculous appetite suppression going on yet.....so...my calories will likely end much higher than they are now, but the carbs will be the same.
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I did end up eating bacon and some cheese for dinner, so my totals for yesterday 12/28 are: 1781 calories, 20 net carbs and my ratios were 63% fat, 31% protein and 7% carbs. I did do yoga, but didn't walk the dog, as part of my prodding issue to get back on track was a MAJOR Plantar Fasciitis episode. I've had problems with my left foot my whole life, there's a minor bone deformity in my heal that makes standing on my feet for long periods very painful - especially later after resting for a while I can hardly walk. I got orthotic inserts last January which help a little, but the weight I've put back on coupled with inactivity has really made my foot go down hill. I know this is hard to believe, but just one day of no sugar/starch and doing my yoga class has it feeling a LOT better. Not 100%, but so much better. It's reinforcing that what I'm doing is right. I'll update my food for today later this evening.

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Old 12-29-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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My favorite quote:

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

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I love the Thoreau quote. It makes a lot sense and I want to keep that thought in mind.

I don't find it at all surprising that your foot felt immediately better once you started eating differently. Something similar happened to me. I've long been pretty continuously troubled by arthritic discomfort and pain in my hands, spine, neck etc. but since I began eating VLC at the beginning of September I have not experienced any discomfort or pain at all. None. This has so surprised and pleased me. And it certainly motivates me to make this a lifelong WOE. I hope your foot will continue to improve and that you also may remain pain free.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #9
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LolaGetz, what you said is so true - I also find my wrists, knuckles and knees feeling better within just a day or two of cutting the sugar/starch. My 16 year old son has quite a few friends who already complain about achy joints, and autoimmune type symptoms. I try not to be preachy about it, but always say point blank that cutting wheat from their diet would likely help them. I don't know why it took this amount of pain - literally I'm hobbling around the house - to wake me up!

My food today was kind of funny - I'll get into a groove this week with some real meals.

Breakfast: 3 1/5 boiled eggs
lunch: Sausage patties - quite a lot actually...
Dinner: tiny bit (maybe 2 oz ) steak,
Snacks: muenster, provolone, salami

I see a big salad coming on tomorrow for my lunch!! Calories: 1869 Net carbs: 10.5 - 70% fat / 28% protein / 2% carb
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: large cobb, extra chicken and bacon, blue cheese dressing

Not sure what will be dinner, I'm super full from lunch so we'll see! Foam Rolling tonight at the gym. I smile AND cry in anticipation of the pain and subsequent relief.

Edit to add, current totals: cal 964 / net carbs: 15

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #11
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Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: large cobb, extra chicken and bacon, blue cheese
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Not sure what will be dinner, I'm super full from lunch so we'll see! Foam Rolling tonight at the gym. I smile AND cry in anticipation of the pain and subsequent relief.
Finished with a pork chop and some cheese

calories: 1595
net carbs 16.4
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:35 PM   #12
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12/31

breakfast: chicken salad (3)
Lunch: lettuce wrapped 5 guys big bacon cheeseburger (6)
Snacks: half a boiled egg, about 2 ounces of cheese (2)
Dinner: Chinese chicken veggie stir fry (10)

I am sure I went over on carbs today, but there's no way to be exact. The Chinese may be even higher than that, but I'm just not sure.


1/1
so far:
Breakfast: bacon
Lunch: 2 mini burgers fried in bacon grease, wrapped in iceberg with blue cheese crumbles, mayo, mustard and low sugar ketchup

Hubby and I are going to Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens tonight. I'm still full from lunch, so I'll eat a little something when we get home if I'm hungry.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Edit to add: OMG I decided to be brave and put on my size 16 jeans that were getting a bit loose this time last year...this is a bit painful... so happy I am getting back on track!!

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Old 01-01-2014, 07:12 PM   #13
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1/1
so far:
Breakfast: bacon
Lunch: 2 mini burgers fried in bacon grease, wrapped in iceberg with blue cheese crumbles, mayo, mustard and low sugar ketchup
Dinner: Baked chicken ( little breast, little thigh meat)
Snack:3 oz muenster


Total net carbs: 4
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Breakfast: 2 eggs, 3 sausage patties

Snack: 2 coconut butter packets

Snack: salami and colby slices

Restorative yoga....so tired, I'm goin' to bed.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:44 PM   #15
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Yeah! Down 5 lbs since last Saturday - Sunday will be my official weigh in.

breakfast: 2 oz cheese, salami slices
lunch: cobb, extra chicken and bacon, ranch dressing YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM
dinner: 2 oz muenster

Tomorrow am I'm back in the pool! Lap swim and restorative yoga at the gym.
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I'm so happy to have honored my commitment to myself through setting and keeping my goals this week! Good nutrition, good sleep, and swimming/yoga, CHECK! 8 lbs lost!

Food for 1/4

Main meal: Chipolte bowl: double chicken, hot and mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, lettuce

Snacks: pecans, muenster cheese, salami slices, coffee with cream & splenda

30 minute lap swim and restorative yoga

Food for 1/5

Coffee, cream, splenda drops

Lunch: 2 mini burgers with american cheese, and a home made sauce of mayo, horseradish, worcestershire, mustard, tiny bit of low sugar ketchup, hot sauce

Dinner: Pork chops

Snacks: We'll see...will update later if so.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:54 AM   #17
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Monday 1/6

Breakfast: chicken salad with a few chopped pecans
Lunch: Tuna
Dinner: 2 oz cheese, a little almond butter "soup" -2 Tbs almond butter melted with 1 Tbs butter, and dried coconut flakes, sliced almonds stirred in. I know.

No work out
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