Tuesday, December 29, 2009

At last - A Final Answer: Thyroid

Last week, my doctors finally read the lab reports to me and they said I'm right at the cusp of hyperthyroidism and not Adrenal Fatigue as they once  thought or assumed.  Now more tests need to be done next month and there are also other female issues I must deal with in the coming year.  Not serious by any means but I can't stand going to doctors, etc.

My trainer, Meghan, has helped me along the past few months trying to find the best eating plan but now that we realize what needs to be done, here are the new guidelines for cross your fingers success:

1)  Portion Control
2)  High Fat, Moderate protein, complex carbs
3)  No citrus fruits (doctor's orders) at this time.
4)  2 fruits a day.  Apples, blueberries, strawberries, melon are ok
5)  No soda.  AS is evil.  Seltzer is your friend.  Drink it along with lots of good old H2O.
6)  Take the supps' and don't forget.  Either AM or PM.
7)  Step away from the cheese, sister!

Plus, I joined a Biggest Loser Challenge and since the holidays are finally over I can give it my full attention!  I will take a before picture on New Year's Day and on May 10th, 2010 will post an after shot.  Not a bra and panties shot!  Sorry fellas! LOL  I'll wear something that no longer fits me.  It fit last year.  Ugh!  I want it to fit again and look good!

Wish me luck and I'll see you on Friday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009 - Food and Exercise

I'm going to copy Jimmy Moore's Menu Blog and use his format for the next few weeks. Here goes!

Today's plan:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with chicken salad, salsa, 1/4 cup of black coffee

Snack: 100 calorie snack pack of almonds

Lunch: (I was lazy.) 3 scrambled eggs with some mayo, mustard, and salsa

Snack: 6oz. of plain yogurt with flax seed and cinnamon sprinkled on top

Dinner: Probably a turkey burger with cauliflower and green salad.

Workout tonight: I'll do chest. It is my favorite part of the body to work on. Of course, 20 minutes of elliptical (HIIT), and abs using bosu ball.

I feel it more using the bosu ball than the stability ball or on the floor combined. I think I may go to Wally World or Target' to get one of them. And 10lb. weights and resistance band.

I am turning my living room into a gym since I don't watch tv.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Internet connection at home. FINALLY!

Hi, everybody! I am trying to get my life back in order and one of things I did was to break down and buy a decent lap top. It is hard to write while at work. Someone is always looking over my shoulder or the phone rings or I have to do billing, blah blah. LOL

A few people I know read my blog or I should say lurk to find out updates on what I'm doing since they are connected to my Facebook or Myspace accounts. I say to those that lurk that I miss you terribly but I couldn't live my life in a constant limbo. I made a lot of really bad choices in my life and trying to correct my mistakes caused pain and for that I am sorry. The past 4 to 5 months I have tried desperately to find my way. Drinking isn't the answer. Eating whatever I wanted put everything I worked so hard over the past few years has put a pause to what I have been doing.

I have to thank those that stood by me when the chips were down. Your support means a lot to me. Having a friend to talk to helps me put everything in perspective and gives me a fresh point of view with a new set of hopes.

These days, I'm hitting it harder at the gym and freshening the stale weight-training sessions with new motivation. As for eating, well, it is going to take some time until I get the formula right that works for the rest of my life.

I have to go to bed and get my rest for tomorrow's workout. Lots of errands to do.

Take care and I will see you soon.

Ciao!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Adrenal Fatigue and me...

My Nutritionist's Verdict: Adrenal Fatigue



What do I need to eat to combat this "syndrome"?


1) Eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods
2) Combine a healthy fat, protein and carbohydrate source with every meal
3) Eat lots of vegetables, especially the brightly colored ones
4) Salt your food to a pleasant taste
5) Eat mainly whole grains as your source of carbohydrate
6) Combine grains with legumes (beans), or legumes with seeds or nuts to form a complete protein
7) Avoid fruit in the morning
8) Mix 1-2 tablespoons of fresh essential oils (cold pressed olive, grape seed, safflower, flax, etc.) into grains, vegetables and meats daily
9) Eat high quality food; it becomes you.

When to eat?
One of the major dietary mistakes made by people with low adrenal output is not eating soon enough after waking. If you have adrenal fatigue, it is very important that you eat before 10:00 am. This is vital in helping to replenish the waning stored blood sugar supply after the previous night's energy needs.
An early lunch, preferably before noon, is better than a late lunch because your body quickly uses up the morning nourishment and is ready for more. Between 11 and 11:30 am is usually the best time for lunch. You should also eat a nutritious snack between 2 and 3 pm to sustain yourself for the cortisol dip that typically occurs between 3 and 4 pm. Your evening meal should be eaten between 5 and 6 pm.
A few bites of a high quality snack before bed can help get through sleep disturbances.

What to eat?
If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, you will do best combining fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) at every meal and snack. This combination helps provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day. It is important to remember that foods that are converted too quickly into energy (like sugary snacks or highly processed foods) will quickly let you down.


Salt In most cases of adrenal fatigue, salt (in moderation) benefits those who add it to their diet. Unless you are one of the rare people with adrenal fatigue and high blood pressure, add some salt to your food. A sea salt or Celtic salt is preferred, as these are the kinds containing the valuable nutrients. Some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are actually caused by your body's needs for salt.

Proteins
Good quality protein from meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy and various plant sources (soy and other legumes, nuts and seeds) is helpful in dealing with adrenal fatigue. Try to avoid processed proteins such as packaged lunch meats and processed cheeses. Proteins generally have more nutritional value and are easier to digest when eaten lightly cooked or raw.

Vegetables
Every day, you should include 6-8 servings of a wide variety of vegetables in your meals, especially those that are naturally highly colored (bright green, red, orange, yellow or purple). Vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a high amount of fiber. It is a good to idea to vary how you prepare vegetables, because different nutrients are made available through different cooking methods.

Fruit
People with adrenal fatigue and blood sugar problems should go lightly on fruits, especially in the morning. Fruits contain a significant amount of fructose and potassium, which is a detrimental combination for those with exhausted adrenals. However, it is preferable that any fruit that you do eat is organically grown. Below is a short list of fruits people with adrenal fatigue tend to do well with, and ones they should avoid.

Preferred Fruit
Papaya
Mango
Plums
Pears
Kiwi
Apples
Grapes (Only a Few)
Cherries

Fruit to Avoid
Bananas
Raisins
Dates
Figs
Oranges
Grapefruit


Beverages

Below is a list of beverages that work better for people with adrenal fatigue. Remember that it is best to avoid drinks (and foods) containing caffeine.
  • Water – pure, clean spring water is best. Many people experiencing adrenal fatigue find they feel better if they lightly salt their water (a pinch up to ¼ teaspoon in 8 oz water– to taste), especially in the morning.
  • Green Tea – it is better for you than black tea or coffee, due to its high content of antioxidants and other nutrients
  • Barley Tea – tea made from roasted barley., available at most Asian markets and some health food stores
  • Bancha Tea – also available at many Asian markets
  • Herbal Teas – there are many varieties available, but keep in mind it is best to avoid those mixed with black tea
  • Vegetable Juices – these contain many nutrients that are excellent for the body. Combinations like carrot/celery,/parsley are rich in color, high in vitamins, and help to stimulate the liver. It is best to avoid the ones containing sugar, corn syrup or fruit juice.
  • Goat's Milk – a much better choice than cow's milk. It is more similar to human milk, lower in lactose and much less likely to cause allergies. It is a rich source of many nutrients.
  • Carob – can be used as a chocolate substitute. Whereas chocolate aggravates hypoglycemia and overstimulates the adrenals, carob normalizes hypoglycemia and does not contain stimulants. To make into a drink, mix one heaping teaspoon of carob with one teaspoon of honey diluted in one teaspoon of warm water, then stir this syrup into 6 to 8 ounces of hot or cold goat, nut or rice milk.
**All information is on the website regarding adrenal fatigue and not to be confused with the garbage they are listing "As Seen On TV".

I will be given a special meal plan via my email later this week.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Not feeling so good...

My nutritionist and I had a long talk. By looking over my meal plan, she said it was doing me more harm than good and said to walk away from FA for good this time. I will be going back to have my thyroid checked out to find out why I've been feeling sluggish these past few months. I sincerely thought it was my potassium levels but I am taking Yasmin (Ocella - Generic version) and this requires me to take a potassium test. The results came back normal.

At this point, I do not know what to do about my eating. Everything is in limbo.

She suggested I stick to a carb up/carb deplete routine until we find out what is wrong.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, June 29, 2009

9-1/2 Days and still counting...

Just to make things clear I am not advertising FA in any way. I'm explaining my experiences in the program and my issues with Food only. I find it therapeutic to write down how I feel. Maybe this is a good way to inspire people to really "look" into what they are eating and why they eat the way they do. I don't know all I can say is:

I am a Food Addict. I am grateful for an abstinent day. I am happy there are people who are in the same boat as I am and are willing to speak with me. I am thankful to God for giving me strength. I pray to Him every day and give myself 1/2 hour of quiet time to reorganize my thoughts. It gives me a such a wonderful feeling of calmness. Preparing my 3 weighed and measured meals is so easy now. Easy to plan.

To feel less frantic during my busy day is a blessing! Oh, and being binge free helps out in the clothing department, too. My clothes are definitely looser than last week and the bloated look to my tummy has gone down. Cool beans!

Take care!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Back into the Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous program

For extreme personal reasons, I decided to return to F.A.I.R.A. with a fresh new perspective. I hope and pray that I am successful and stay on plan, go to the meetings, and help others in return.

What do I eat daily?

Breakfast: 8oz. lowfat yogurt and 1 fruit or 6oz. of berries
Lunch: 4 oz. protein, 6oz. cooked vegetable, 6oz. of lettuce (or leafy greens), 1 T of dressing
Dinner: Same as lunch.

Wish me luck and your prayers! I will need them. :=)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Menu for June 9, 2009

Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 4oz. cottage cheese
Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs
Lunch: Small salad with 3 eggs whites, 2oz. ground turkey, salsa, and spicy mustard
Snack: Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt
Dinner: 4 oz. Steak, Salad, 2 eggs, salsa, mustard

I have to get this weight off! GRRRR!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009 - Wednesday Food and Exercise Schedule

Today's Menu:
Breakfast - 6oz. Greek Yogurt 0% with cinnamon, 1 green apple, cinnamon, and 1oz. of steel cut oatmeal, 4oz. of skim milk.

Lunch: 2 egg white omelet with 2oz. of ground turkey, a handful of lettuce, 4oz. of green beans, 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, Mrs. Dash, and some spicy mustard.

Dinner: Tuna with 1 Tablespoon of mayo, some spicy mustard, 4oz. of broccoli, and handful of lettuce with 2 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar, Mrs. Dash.

Exercise: 20 minutes of elliptical, triceps, chest, and abs.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Back on plan.

Good Morning!

Started my plan today.

I am not at all happy with the way my clothes fit. I have gained.

But I'm going to look forward and keep up with this. I know this time it WILL WORK!!

Here is my menu for today:

Breakfast: 6oz. of yogurt, 4oz. of skim milk, 1oz. of oatmeal, 1/2 grapefruit

Lunch: 1 Cup of romaine lettuce, 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, 4oz. of green beans, 4oz. of chicken, 2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 T of spicy mustard, Mrs. Dash Sprinkled on top

Dinner: 4 oz. of turkey, 1 Cup of lettuce, 4oz. of vegetable medley, 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 T of Spicy mustard, Mrs. Dash Sprinkled on top

Exercise: 20 minutes of elliptical, abs, and legs

Thursday, May 21, 2009

These past couple of months have been tough...

I won't go into details but my eating has been rather poor and the exercise has gone down hill. I'm trying to get my life back in order and it will take time but I do believe I will prevail. Always the optimist! :=)

I'll be back on Tuesday for updates. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and if you are lucky enough to have Monday off, then WOO HOO!

Cheers and take care!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Menu Posting for April 22, 2009

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with veggies, Frank's Hot Sauce and Spicy Mustard - Morning Thunder Black Tea

Snack: 1/2 green apple with 3-1/2 oz. of 0% Chobani Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon

Lunch: Salad with tuna and mayo, broccoli, 1 hard boiled egg, hot peppers, a few mushrooms with red vinegar and black pepper

Snack: 1/2 grapefruit

Dinner: Spinach salad with veggies, chicken salad, 1 hard boiled egg, lots of cayenne pepper

Snack: 3oz. of yogurt with apple and cinnamon. I'll nuke the apple and mix the apple into the yogurt! YUM!

Water, iced black coffee, and green tea.

Back to the gym this week and its been real tough!! I've been lax with my weight training since I started running and bicycling. I'm getting on track but my progress is slow and I feel very weak. Tonight will be chest exercises which are my favorite!!

Talk to you later! Have a great day!

Ciao!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Did ya miss me? :)

Quick update: Trying to get back to a healthy eating routine. The past few weeks have been crazy! My running has been rather lax as well. I got an excellent routine from a trainer at my gym that I can follow for the next few weeks. We will see how that goes. Also, I'll be back on the road via my bicycle this weekend! I can hardly wait!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Putting the blog on standby mode...

Ok, boys and girls. I need to lay me blog down to sleep until the good things start happening. I hope you all are doing well.

My blog is going on sleep mode for a couple of weeks.

Find me on facebook if you must.

Lora Ramirez

lr1972usa@yahoo.com

Later, Gators!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tough issues at home.

I have to apologize for not giving my daily menus or posting about my sugar-free March Madness. There are some rough and tough happenings going on with my life that I need to deal with before I can become focused on weight/health again.

I will update when I can.

Go easy.

Ciao!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Second Day of Training Completed.

I'll make this short since I'm so sleepy!

Today, 30 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes of non-stop running on the treadmill. I stayed on a very low-carb plan today but was very hungry when I got home from the gym. Well, at least this is a good way to increase my fat, protein, and calories that I've sorely been lacking over the past few weeks.

Don't worry, I'll keep you all updated. :)

Go easy!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sugar - Free March Madness

Join me this month in putting the artificial sweeteners and such far far away in never never land. I was very successful in December by eliminating sodas and Splenda. Now, I've had some feedback from a few fellow gym goers interested in the experiment inspired by Jimmy Moore. They want me to blog about my experiences this month in not only going sugar-free but abstaining from fructose, too. A trainer from my gym is a lurker at Zeroing in on Health and has suggested an all ketogenic diet for the next two weeks. He prefers eating fatty meats and water. I prefer eggs, lean meats, olive, avocado oils, as well as limited full-fat mayo, with my only spices, cayenne, black pepper, and mustard.

I am also training for a half-marathon for Boston's Run to Remember. I thought it was in June. Oops! It is in May and I'm getting an all out training regimen, TOMORROW!

Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Finally, Grateful and Positive...Not Dead!

Last week, I finally saw the scale inch to the 126lbs. mark. I didn't dance or jump on sofas declaring my love for anyone. I walked away. The number is merely a number. After several months of low-carb, I realized food is no longer the focus of my life, though, I do find pleasure in the simplest of foods without stressing about what to put into my mouth. I stopped counting calories or carbohydrates. I know what protein and fat does to my body and see the results every morning when I dress for work. Outward appearances are one thing and now I'm concentrating on the inside. I recently started reading the "Secret". The Secret is about Laws of Attraction. The more you think positively, the more positive forces will be drawn to you. I know it will work. :)

Go easy.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

THE Zero-Carb Controversy Rages On...

Low-Carb Friends website are a buzz with this. I am trying to get more feedback from regular low-carbers not associated with LCF, but at the moment they haven't responded back. They may have the right idea by keeping out of it! You only have to google Zero-carb and bam! A plethora of the good, the bad, and the ugly, for your reading pleasure.

At the moment, I'm in the process of conducting my own poll at my local gym. So far, I've gotten blank stares or questioning looks. They don't even know what low-carb is until you mention Dr. Atkins. Laugh-Out-Loud, indeed!

Until then, here is my menu for today.

Breakfast: 6oz. of full fat Chobani Yogurt with 1oz. of blueberries, 3 oz. of turkey meatloaf
Snack: 4oz. of 4% milk fat cottage cheese
Lunch: Mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, tuna with mayo, hot peppers, purple onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. (YUM!)
Snack: 1/2 grapefruit
Dinner: To be determined.

Water and green tea.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trying to get out of my funk...

The zero-carb debate rages on in the low-carb world. Gimmicky diet? Or legitimate? We shall see.

Back to reality now, let's see how I'm doing. Hmm...not so good. Depressed, mostly. I try to keep a happy face at work. No one cares at the gym. I can grunt and grit my teeth as much as I like. As for food, I hate the feeling of being addicted to bad carbs, such as triscuits and cheese. Anxiety leads me straight to the box and I would like to conquer the beast!

This week I decided to go back to blogging my menus. Also, lowering my fat intake, yet, increasing protein for a more "cut" look to my muscles.

Monday - 2/9/2009

B: 3 eggs scrambled, 1/4t mayo, mustard, spices, green tea.
S: 4oz. fat-free cottage cheese.
L: Same as Breakfast.
S: 1/2 grapefruit
D: 4oz. tuna with mayo, 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 turkey cube, green tea.

I'll give this a week and post a progress pic.

Go easy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

To Zero Carb or not to Zero Carb? That is the question.

I am reading some interesting details from the ZC forum and LCF. When I was on the egg/protein fat fast I did feel good. Yet, my energy plummeted during the evening when I needed it most. At the gym. Now, I think I may be finding out the real reason why. Protein. I need to eat more protein throughout the day. At least 140g worth. Plus more fat.

I find myself going off plan a little to often these days. A cookie here. Some bread there. Even the low-carb veggies are leaving me bloated.

At this point, I will do more research and check with the online trainer if this would be a good way to go.

Go easy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A week filled with highs and lows.

I'm trucking along with my food and exercise plan. It is challenging to say the least being on low-carb. Yet when you are on a budget? Eggs and turkey meatloaf are what has yielded me the most meals this week. I enjoy eating the same meals throughout the week, too. I am less likely to binge if my food is prepared ready to eat. When it isn't? Boy, that homemade bread is sooo tempting!

Meals today:

B: 3 egg whites, 1 veggie pattie, 1/4 teaspoon of mayo, mustard, spices - green tea
Snack: 4oz. of cottage cheese, 6 almonds
L: 4oz. of turkey meatloaf, 3oz. of red kidney beans, 1 scrambled egg - green tea
Snack: 1/2 grapefruit, 6 almonds
D: Same as lunch. - green tea

On a side note, I'm thinking of the possibility of zero-carb. Meat and eggs all day does not sound as revolting a year ago. The protein does fuel me at the gym and the fat curbs my appetite. I never felt as good as when I was on the egg/protein fat fast. I may look into this before I do the whole heave-ho with my grapefruit, blueberries, and broccoli.

Go easy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Good things can happen even during hard times.

Update - How am I doing?

There are days I barely make it to 1400 calories and days when I want to eat 10 times that amount. (Especially the 3 days before and 1 day during TOM.) I try to work out 5 to 6 days a week. Weight-training, 20 minutes of HIIT, and abs. I've already increased the weight of my bench presses, improved my triceps, and legs are stellar! Shoulders and back can be tough, yet, biceps are the worst! I feel very weak!

I am planning on eating more and prepare better meals throughout the week. Since, I am on a tight budget this week, I'll be putting this to the test!

Breakfast: 2 eggs with 2oz. of turkey meatloaf, 1/4T of mayo, mustard, spices
Lunch: 6oz. Chobani 0% Fat Yogurt with 1oz. of blueberries, 2 eggs scrambled with turkey burger, mayo, mustard, spices
Snack: Reduced Fat Triscuits with cheese
Dinner: TBD

Go easy!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Weekend Buzz...

Hello again!

The weekend went pretty well with my diet and exercise.

Saturday I worked on shoulders and back. Sunday was focusing on biceps that I have the most difficulty with. I'm trying to concentrate more on doing a routine successfully and then slowly add a bit of weight week by week. My ex-trainer was doing the same thing for me last year.

Time will tell. Tonight I simple did cardio and abs to give my upper body some rest. But back to work tomorrow!

Oh, I have to keep reminding myself to eat more. I can barely get to 1400 calories. Simply not hungry. I'll keep trying!

Go easy.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back in the saddle again....

I apologize for my absense! I had walking pneumona and was out of work for a few days. I'm still on antibiotics at the moment and quite loopy. I hated not being able to work out and being home all day long isn't good for my diet. Oh, yeah, it snowed here, too.

So, I went back on Wednesday and worked on legs and today did chest and triceps. These by far are my favorite workouts. I feel like a tough cookie next to the big brawny men at my gym. (I really am the only girl it seems who is not intimidated by the guys.) I think I may be pushing myself a bit too much, but I'm having a great time!

Now that I'm back in action I'll be more detailed in later posts. Right now, I'm exhausted!

Ciao!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

When will I get better?


I hate being this way! I need to get out of the house!

I'll be back at work tomorrow regardless of how I feel. Then it will be back to my regularly scheduled food and exercise routine.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What do Lora and Froggy have in common?

Our voice!

I had a sore throat last week that went away and I felt great! I woke up on Saturday morning and I sounded like Froggy from the Little Rascals. Plus it is snowing again and the MBTA (Our public transit system) is once again having delays. Another obstacle!

1) I can't go outside or anywhere else for that matter because I may catch pneumonia and give it to someone else.

2) Can't catch a bus to the grocery store to stock up on lean meat and veggies. (See #1)

3) I was supposed to meet friends today. (See #1 and #2)

What a wasted day. Excuse me, I gotta cough up a lung.

Later.

Ciao! :=)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday. Just another day for me.

I work tomorrow. BOOOOO!!! I have to make that money for bills, food, and supplements!

Today's Menu:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with veggie pattie, 1/2 t of mayo, mustard, and spices.
Snack: 12 Almonds
Lunch: Hungry! 2oz. cottage cheese, 2oz. chicken, spices, and small chicken salad with mayo, cranberries, walnuts, and whole wheat bread
Snack: 1 Large Grapefruit
Dinner: 2 HB Eggs, Tuna with mayo, 2 turkey cubes, hot peppers!!!

I will do 30 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical and some abs after work. Definitely am tired from weight-lifting all this week. Now that I know what kind of food I have to shop and eat for it is going to get a lot easier down the road.

Yes, Derek and his colleagues at Team Scivation love low-carb! How wonderful is that?

Take care!

Ciao!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm IN! With Team Scivation!


Share my journey as I tone up with bodybuilding.com.

Say Hello to my new trainer, Derek>>>>>>>

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Hi, all.

First off, I wanted to thank, Derek and Team Scivation for this opportunity!!

I've been around BB.com for a little over a year, mostly reading articles and getting some really great tips of nutrition, supplements, and weight-lifting techniques. I'm not new to the gym scene. For years, I'd play around with doing lots of cardio or try my hand at strength training. I wasn't serious enough about it. It showed on my body and a little over 2 years ago, I decided "that's it"! Through blood, sweat, and tears, I lost over 50lbs.

I admit, I've had help using a really great trainer, last year. But because of my resolute nature I thought I could do it all on my own when the sessions were finally completed. I developed a binge/purge eating disorder and went through Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Nutritional Therapy with a Group Leader, One-on-One counseling with a R.D., etc. etc. I was very desperate to maintain my weight loss and do whatever it took to do it. I don't want anyone to go through what I did. I learned from those mistakes.

There are many reasons why I wanted to join Team Scivation. Vanity is one! I want to look HOT! And in a healthy manner.

I am very excited to start my journey with you! I hope to do great things.

Oh, and I'm part of the Masters Chamber group and I promised I'd model the new shirt. I don't want to disappoint anyone, including myself.

Thanks again!

Ciao!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Whilst I wait for my new coach....

I decided to rearrange my menu using tips from Bodybuilding.com and lowcarbfriends.com.

I'll be trying this for three days. I need to control the binge issues again.

B: 3 eggs scrambled with 1/4t of mayo, mustard, Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy and Cayenne Pepper

Snack: 1HB egg

Lunch: 1/2 cup of Friendship 1% cottage cheese with 1.5oz. of chicken, Spices, and 1 small McIntosh Apple

Snack: 1HB egg

Dinner: Turkey soup with 2 scrambled eggs mixed in and of course, hot spices.

Lots of water! Green tea!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blog is still a work in progress...

Okay, okay. I changed the colors for now. ;)

Trying to stay on the correct eating path while I wait for my "online coach" to begin helping me on my journey. I will continue to eat low-carb until I do hear from him. It seems easier to eat fowl, fish, eggs, low-carb veggies and fruit at the moment. I've also included an ounce of walnuts because eating 900-1100 calories a day wasn't worth it.

A friend also made a comment that when I was in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous I was far too thin. I appear healthier now, less pale in the cheeks.

I'm looking out my window and yes, there is more snow to get through once again!

Happy Winter!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Low Carb is killing my workouts...

So many wonderful things are going to be happening as far as my nutrition and training are concerned. I belong to another forum called body building . com and was able to join a team and a group for free to help me with my goals!

My eating and training has been horrible the past few months. I felt good and had energy but not enough to gain muscle. This is what I want and need!

If low-carb isn't helping me achieve my goals then I must find the right plan that works for me.

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"Unless you have some kind of timing issue, start your morning with a real breakfast...not a shake.

For breakfast, eat BOTH oats and an egg omelet. Not either or. You definitely don't want to be eating a carb-only meal.

Surround your workouts (the time you need carbs the most) with complex carbs and protein. Basically, eat what you have scheduled for dinner both before and after your workout.

Try to get your protein more from whole food sources rather than protein shakes.

Eat something high in protein (nuts are a source of fat, not protein) with every meal and eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal."

- Amanda76 from San Angelo, TX - Body Building . com

Friday, January 2, 2009

Eating better...finally!

Breakfast: 2 eggs with veggie patty, mayo, mustard, spices (300 calories)
Lunch: Tuna salad in a whole grain wrap, hot peppers (620 calories)
Dinner: Same as breakfast (300 calories)

Total Calories: 1220

Little by little I'm trying to get back to normal eating. The holidays have thrown my routine off schedule that's for sure. At least the workouts are getting better! I need my strength and the complex carbs I'm slowly re-introducing are helping me tremendously. I've stayed at 20g of carbs or less for far too long.

As for the sweet, I haven't consumed a drop of soda or opened a packet of splenda. What is the allure of soda? Whether you can drink it or not is beside the point, it is harmful to your body. No, thank you!

I've got to go to bed soon. Work tomorrow.

Take care!

Ciao!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sorry folks...working on a new look for my blog.

I'll update when I can! My boyfriend is the expert at these things but I was a little anxious!

Happy New Year! Let the fun begin...


I'm sitting here at my desk typing away courtesy of my new but used computer. Other than one discretion during Christmas I have remained sweet-free. I will continue to do this until I too reach 31 days successfully with no excuses. It can be done!!