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Back in flax

Wow it's been a long time! I've low carbed off and on since I've posted, but haven't stuck with it. A lot has happened since I last posted. I've separated from my husband (on good terms.. we are still friends), moved, had a bad car wreck, started a new job, and live together with my boyfriend and our kids. I'm in a good place, but need to get my eating under control. I'm not willing to die or stay sick because of food. My blood sugars are way too high. I've gained weight. I'm tired all the time. I just can't do it anymore.

I'm going to work on getting strong with my low carbing and start exercising regularly. It's going to take some experimentation to find a schedule that works with my family and work life, but I need to stay determined and just do it! My body hurts. I just feel icky. Headaches, low self esteem, weak, tired, just plain icky.

So starting in the morning, I vow to eat right, get in some purposeful exercise, take my vitamins, and drink water. I'll check back in later with an update. =)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring is here!

It's been quite a while since I blogged! Just a quick update before my idea.

I've been pretty busy with work.. picking up extra shifts each week. The paychecks were nice, but it totally wore me out. I had several days off last week as I celebrated my birthday. =) I made sure I had a good time. My husband got me a gift certificate at a spa for a massage, body wrap, and facial. It was soooo nice! I've always wanted that kind of thing. I also spent time with family and friends and had a great week.

I haven't been perfectly eating and no formal exercise to speak of in a while. I'm determined to get back on track and be strict about it. I went to the gym today and did a cycle of the weight machines. Then we went to eat and I had turkey breast, green beans, cabbage, and salad. It was good. Made a trip to the grocery store to get some legal snacks and a few other things. I came home and did some cleaning and watched some tv. I love how exercising makes me want to do other healthy things and makes me want to be active. If I get to bed soon, I'm gonna try to get up earlier than usual and go to the gym tomorrow before work. I want to get back in the routine of working out (not to mention that the beach trip with my bff is less than a month away. Eek!!) I know I won't have a supermodel body, but surely I can improve a little bit by then. Either way, it's a step in the right direction toward my goals and I'll feel better.

So these are the snacks I have now:
cucumber, green pepper, celery (which I cut as soon as I got home. Prep is the key!) and ranch
SF pudding
pork rinds
sugar snap peas
string cheese

I also got smoked sausage dogs, tilapia (frozen in a box. Never had it, but it looks good. We'll see.) asparagus, ham, and tuna. I have plenty of frozen veggies too. Now I have no excuses for the next couple days. ;-) I got a bottle of that new Mio water flavoring to try. Have you had any? I got berry pomegranate. mmmm Hope it's as good as it sounds!

Now... Spring is here! Although off and on these days, the warmer weather makes me think about summer and all of the things that I want to do. Beach trip next month, Steelers training camp in August, and all the other outdoor activities and daytrips I want to do. So as I was catching up on my dvr'd Heavy episodes, I was curious about fitness retreats. Now that may not sound like fun to some, but there's something about them I think I would love! Well.. I'll probably never know because holy crap those things are expensive!! lol So I thought, why not have my own?! No it wouldn't be at some luxurious hotel, but I could take a few days off and do the whole scheduled day kind of thing. So that's in my plans. When I have a few days off in a row, I'm  going to sit down and look at my Y classes and schedule myself to attend several in a day for a few days. In between classes, I'll have lunch and work out in the weight room doing cardio and weights. I figure if the fitness retreat people can do it, and the people on The Biggest Loser and Heavy can do it, why can't I?

This is a sample day at a retreat in Florida that I found on Google:

9am Warm Up
10am Beach Boot Camp
11am Pilates Mat
2pm Cardio Kickboxing
3pm Yoga

They also listed various other classes.

The only problem I would have is that Y classes are in the mornings and evenings so I'd be on my own for the mid day thing. That would put me either doing stuff ALL day or having a huge break in the middle of the day (in which I might get unmotivated.) I don't know. I haven't figured out all the details, but I think it's a great idea. If I do it and like it, I may try to schedule myself for several days off every few weeks and keep it up.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Got skin problems?

I ran across this article when I pulled up my Yahoo homepage. Eat this for gorgeous skin 

Basically, without saying it, their advice is to eat low carb. Score!! I invite you to read the whole article, but here are the highlights.

~ A research study of some residents of New Guinea and Paraguay had fabulous skin. What they didn't have in their diet? "the simple carbohydrates — such as white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sweets — that are the basis of our modern diet. These carbs send our insulin levels soaring, and researchers speculate that this sets off a series of reactions that leads to breakouts." AKA Low Carb

~ Eat plenty of essential fatty acids. "Fish is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6, which reduce inflammation in the body..... EFAs are also found in almonds, hazelnuts, and flaxseed." Not specifically LC, but very common foods in a LC diet

~ Avoid these: "certain foods and beverages, such as spices, cured meats, MSG, and alcohol (particularly red wine), cause blood vessels to dilate, bringing on facial redness" Also advised in a LC diet, except maybe the spices part of it. Spices are recommended for flavor, but they often contain additives that add carbs so they should be used in moderation.

~ FATS are NOT bad for you. "If you're getting fewer than 20 grams of fat a day (roughly 2 tablespoons of oil), your skin may not be able to lubricate itself and your body may not absorb enough vitamin A, which your skin needs to prevent premature aging." Enough said.

 Now, I know many of you eat low fat and I'm not bashing here. My motto is.. whatever works. Everyone is different and you should do what you can stick to and enjoy. All I'm saying is to think about some of these facts. Try to work some of this advise into your eating plan and see what happens.

I personally love low carb because of the awesomeness of my lower blood sugars and not needing insulin and because it helped me lose weight and keep it off. The science behind it makes sense to me and it seems more natural than all the processed low fat foods. I doubt our ancestors ate low fat cream cheese and bagels.

Anyway... My skin is NOT perfect, but I can definitely tell a difference in how it looks and feels when I eat low carb and when I don't. I still get zits here and there, especially during that time of the month and if I've been picking at my face (oops!) but I don't seem to get huge breakouts like I used to. Something to consider if you're looking for something new to try. =)

Busy week and thanks

Wow, what a busy week this is!! I worked Monday thru Wednesday and half of Thursday. Then Friday night is my niece's 13th birthday party. (awwww!!) and Saturday night I'm going out with my bff. Sunday and Monday I will basically rest (and hopefully get some exercise in) before I work Tues-Thurs next week.

So I've been slacking on eating right. Ugh! Trying to get my motivation back. Summer will be here soon and I also feel like CRAP right now. Too many carbs. Too high blood sugar. Too little energy. Blah. But, soon I will have something to keep me on track...

I was lucky enough to win a Fitbook from Kerri at Kat's Adventures in Dietland in a giveaway on her blog! (Go check her out!) I am SO excited to try it. They have a Fitbook Jr also that is geared more toward kids. I think I will get that for Monkey if it helps me stay on track like I think it will. I love writing stuff down and organizing it and all that jazz. Monkey is kinda like that too so I'll see what she thinks of mine and go from there. She's overweight and wants to lose it and Fitbook might help her to succeed. I can only control so much with her. She makes pretty good choices much of the time, but not as often as she should. She also needs to get more exercise (like mommy.) They just don't get out and play at school or home as much as I did as a kid. Anyway, I can't wait to get my Fitbook. Woooo hoooo!!! =)

I also won a bottle of Vidazorb probiotics from Colleen at Bee Fit recently! (Check her out too!) I'm excited to receive those also. I've never used probiotics, but I've heard good things about them. Apparently I have some good winning mojo lately! lol

I wish the mojo would transfer to other areas of my life as well! I'm having some money issues right now due to insurance taking ALL of my check that I should be getting this Friday. If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you know that I was out of work for over 3 months because of a sickness. Well, my insurance ran out toward the end of that time due to non-payment. Well, duh.. I'm not working! So they took my paycheck. It wasn't a full check, but still.. I need that money! I have nothing to fall back on. Now I won't get a check for 2 more weeks and have to hope that we can make it AND that they won't take any more of my money! *Note to self.. call Benefits!*

So that's been my week. I haven't gotten any formal exercise, but I've been super busy at work and for the most part, only sat long enough to document a little at a time. My legs definitely feel it so I'm counting it as walking. lol

Do you use Fitbook or Fitbook Jr?
Have you ever taken probiotics?
Would you like to send me money? haha 

Tell me your experiences with either and/or let me know how you've been! I am so behind on reading your blogs. Work is evil! lol

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Worn out and busy

Phew! Going back to work has wiped me out! lol I work 12 hour shifts, so on the days I work I don't do much else. Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm still alive and kickin! Working again tonight (3rd in a row) and half a shift on Thursday. Insurance took my whole paycheck that I should be getting on Friday to pay back from when I was out. Great. How am I supposed to survive?!! SO mad. Anyway, I'll post soon. Doing good with food and I'm rarely off my feet at work, so that counts as exercise, right? =) Goodnight!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pampered Chef invite

I had my Pampered Chef party tonight. Man I love that stuff!! It motivates me to cook, which is always a good thing when you're trying to eat right. ;-) I don't have nearly as many items as I want though! At some point, I'd like to become a consultant, if for nothing else than to buy stuff for my own kitchen. lol We made barbecue chicken pizza. SO good. Not low carb, but it was planned so I didn't feel guilty. It was very quick and easy... my kind of cooking!

I'm gonna put this out there... I'm not closing out my party until Sunday. If you would like to order some PC, I'm inviting you to order under my show. I don't care if it's $5 or $500 worth. You can order online and have it shipped directly to you! It would really help me out and who doesn't love PC?! =) Just go here and click "shop online." Enter my name as the host and shop your healthy heart out. (Leave me a comment with your email addy and I'll email you my full name. I moderate comments before they are posted so I'll email you and delete your comment so nobody will ever see your addy.)

I love all the home party type businesses. I've sold Partylite, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Avon and thought about several others. lol I recently discovered Thirty One and fell in love. Someone at work is selling it I believe and I want the whole catalog! Cute stuff. Obviously, I also love PC. I could spend SO much money on all of these products. I might need a 2nd job so I can get my fix. haha!!

Do you like home party businesses? Which ones? Do you sell anything?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Better night

Tonight was a better night. The day started out kinda crappy because I had to get up early and go by Occupational Health and went through a bunch of junk there and I have to get up early tomorrow to deal with the same junk, but I'm much better emotionally right now. I had a good night working my 6 hours. I'm pretty tired, but hoping that as I get well physically and get back into working, that I'll get used to it again and won't be so tired. Talking so much really wears me out. I can tell that I strain a lot more than I used to do. I still have a lot of work to do on my voice, but hope to get better quickly. *crossing fingers*

I ate well before work, but on the way home I was SO hungry and knew I didn't have anything to eat at home, so I stopped and got a burger and fries. Ugh. My eating is so off lately. I do good for a meal, then bad, then good... I need to get back on track and stay there. I had been really good at logging my food in a notebook and it kept me motivated. Gotta get back to that.

I haven't gotten any "formal" exercise this week, but work is busy and I'm constantly on my feet and walking and pulling and all that other nursey stuff so it's better than sitting on my butt all night. It might not sound like much, but after I graduated school and started working, I lost 15 pounds without changing anything else. Nursing is a very physical job and although it doesn't take the place of planned exercise, it does help to keep me active. Gotta work out my gym routine too. I just got my schedule for the next 6 weeks so I'm gonna try to sit down and plan out my exercise. Schedule it like appointments and see how well that works. It's a process... lol Right now I just have a calendar for work nights and appointments, but I think I might try to write in my exercise days and times too.

Ok.. off to bed so I can get up early and take care of big company politics. Sigh. Hope everyone has a great day!

How do you plan your exercise? Do you have it all written out or just wing it? 
Do you have a fitness/diet log and if so, what do you use? (I just ran across Fitbook and found it interesting. I might try to get one for me and the Junior one for my daughter that wants/needs to lose some weight. I think she would enjoy doing that with me.)