Wednesday, May 30, 2012

151 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE






Ho, Ho, Ho and a bottle of rum!

I'm wearing a black eye patch and it aint pretty especially with my glasses over the top.

I can't think how many times we've been into our local pharmacy and forgotten to ask if they have eye patches. Today I was in enough distress to remember. I bought a hard plastic cover on an elastic band and it's working. I can even see well enough to read and type. We're having cool frosty weather and while I'm generally comfortable my eye is not.

It was a beautiful morning and we had forgotten a couple of things off the shopping list John did yesterday. Some weeks ago John took the first step toward getting the old purple bus, (our motorhome), on the road again. One of the break lines had a leak and he'd taken it to a local mechanic but he didn't have the right tools. We decided it would have to go to Thames. Two excuses to just go out for our own pleasure. There was a third reason too. We only had 2 days to use the 2nd voucher Jackie gave us for Colenso Orchard Cafe.

We had  lunch at Colenso after a leisurely start to our trip. We both had the Vegetable Frittata, the only wheat free option. John is being so good about this. I think the Wheat Belly book made quite as impression. I'm glad to say I seem to have given up cappuccinos. I am preferring black unsweetened coffee. It was a pleasant drive to Thames to drop of the part that needed to be rebuilt. We'll be able to pick it up on  our way home from our long weekend on June 11th. Our old bus is nearly 45 years old so repairs and modifications take a bit of thinking through and working out.

I stopped eating wheat and most other grains 150 days ago. John joined in with me a week ago. Only two nights and I will have a new official weight. My weight loss for May has been disappointing but I have managed to lose a little.

HOW DID I DO?

We enjoyed our day and wheat free is becoming normal. I am struggling with exercise so need to get my focus right there again.

Breakfast:- Plain Greek yoghurt, chopped walnuts, almonds and dried apricot.

Lunch:- Salad and vegetable Frittata at Colenso

Tea/Dinner:- Veggie soup, slice each of cheese and flaxseed bread.

Snacks:- 

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 3
black coffee x 2

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

59.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

150 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


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Not spending computer time.

Reporting Back ..............

A crazy kind of day. My eye is very sore

HOW DID I DO?

I did well

Breakfast:- flax seed bread with cream cheese, camembert, pepperdew

Lunch:- Nuts, canenbert, chocolate, hard boiled eggs

Tea/Dinner:- Vegetable soup and cheese

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 0

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes/no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

59.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Monday, May 28, 2012

28/5 149 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


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First acupuncture session.

Reporting Back ..............

Another

HOW DID I DO?

I did well

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:- meat pattie, lettuce, gherkin, flax bread,cream cheese, camembert.

Tea/Dinner:- 2 slices flax bread, pepperdew, camembert

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 0

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes/no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

59.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Sunday, May 27, 2012

148 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


I might take a couple of days break from here. I'll just quickly fill in my records and leave it at that. 

I did OK 

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Chicken Salad

Tea/Dinner:- 2 hamburger patties with a lettuce leaf
Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

59.5/160 km for May

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Saturday, May 26, 2012

147 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


VINTAGE CAR RALLY IN CENTRAL OTAGO

This Saturday is a quiet day. I thought it would be a good opportunity to try for 60 minutes on the cross-trainer. (edit I only managed 45 minutes).

I meed to do something for lunch. John and I have been looking after our own lunches and breakfasts individually for years, particularly since I first went low-carb because he wouldn't give up bread. I've become quite lazy as the only meal I have to be concerned about for both of us is our main meal at the end of the day. Now that John is trying out going wheat free our schedule could change. I'm in favour of having our main meal in the middle of the day but that's not a change that will happen soon.

John needs something to replace bread and I found a suitable recipe over at Maria's Nutricious and Delicious Blog. I also want to make my own meat patties for tea and I've got a bacon hock to make soup with. I dreamed about getting out in the garden but I think I've got enough going on. Maybe I can just tidy up the pots on the deck then I'll feel as though I've done something.

Reporting Back ..............

I fiddled away the morning and ran out of time to make the bread for lunch so I made an oopsie roll pizza. It was far too yummy. Using bought salsa was not the best idea because it was a little on the sweet side although each serving was supposedly a modest 9 grams of carbs. There was another problem. It was so yummy we ate 3 out of the 4 servings between us. Less greedy people might have made it serve 6 which would be very satisfying if I'd made a salad. I don't care for cauliflower so I haven't bothered with learning how to make a cauliflower base.

I eventually made the flaxseed  loaf but it didn't rise as expected. Either something to do with the ancient baking powder I've been using or I mixed the air out of the egg whites. I had a bit of an oopsie when I was separating the eggs for the loaf. I kept breaking the egg yolks until finally I ended up with yolk in my egg whites. I was relieved to be able to dig out all the yolk with a teaspoon. But it didn't end there. I had all my ingredients ready to start beating the eggs when I tipped the melted butter into the egg whites instead of the yolks. There was no way this recipe was going to work because it depended on beating the wgg whites until the made still peaks. That meant I had to keep then fat free. I looked at all this food for a few minutes before deciding to beat the messed up eggs and butter and put the in the freezer to make a future frittata. I began the loaf again being a lot more careful.

 The bacon hock is simmering away in the slow cooker and I am amazed that somehow I managed to to make the bunless hamburgers for tea as well but I didn't sort out the pot plants. 

HOW DID I DO?

I did well. I managed to drink plenty, do my exercise and do some cooking.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Pizza based on Oopsie Roll recipe

Tea/Dinner:- Hamburger pattie with salad.

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

I managed 45 minutes this afternoon. I had thought to go for my first 60 minute session but it's just too much as yet.

45 minutes C/T = 10 km

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

69.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Friday, May 25, 2012

25/5 146 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 11 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


NEW DAY

Today I'm making an effort to get my ducks lined up a little straighter than I've been doing lately.

Reporting Back ..............

This morning went well. I even had time to have a soak in the bath before a quick lunch of half a normal serving of frittata. We went into town so John could go to the library and take some papers into the bank. I caught up with my hairdresser and made an appointment for two weeks time and had my fringe trimmed. I also made an appointment for my first acupuncture treatment. We bought groceries including steak for tonight.

Right now I'm watching the Food Channel. For some reason it never triggers cravings and sometimes it's very interesting. Just now I've been appalled by a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. The cake was dense with flour. The frosting just made me feel sick as I watched all the ingredients going in. Honestly there was as much frosting as cake on the complete cake. I suspect it was intended to be 10 or maybe 12 servings. I doubt if I could have handled that even at my worst.

HOW DID I DO?

Ii's been a good day. One thing I am having a little trouble with is wanting to snack especially at night. This hasn't been a problem for so long I'm not on guard. Hopefully another day keeping my focus on my healthy plan with put an end to it.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Frittata

Tea/Dinner:- Steak and salad, lettuce, onion, red capsicum. grated carrot, balsamic dressing 

Snacks:- almonds, frittata, 1 ginger chocolate, dried apricot

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 3

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

I'm still a long way from being able to sustain 60 minutes on the cross-trainer but I did manage to go over 40 minutes by a little bit.

42.5 minutes = 10 km

That's quite an improvement on the last good session back toward the beginning of May when I achieved 8.5 km in 40 minutes. May has been a very messy month for me. Erratic progress in all areas. June should be more straight forward. The only challenge I'm aware of is a long weekend coming up 9th -10th, with a day in Matamata, 2 nights in Rotorua and tests at Waikato hospital for John.

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

59.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


24/5 145 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


IA REMINDER OF WHAT OUR MATARANGI BEACH LOOKS LIKE.
IT'S A WHILE SINCE I WALKED ON IT.



Very weird. For some unknown reason I feel out of sorts today. I swapped my breakfast and lunch around. I also felt quite nauseous after taking the calcium/magnesium and vitamin C supplements. That was unexpected so I'll have to try them one at a time to see which one is affecting me. Nothing much happening here. I have a few veggie plants, silverbeet, green cauliflower and cos lettuce. There are a few others I will consider during the winter such as broccoli, spinach, kale and khol rabi. I don't like white cauliflower but there is a yellow one I'm thinking of trying too.

I haven't done the cross-trainer thing yet, 1.30pm so perhaps that's what is missing.

Done. Not as long as yesterday but I was moving faster. Will see if I can add in another session later. Right now that's enough.

Reporting Back ..............

I forgot this morning that I didn't sleep well last night. That's probably why I wasn't on top of things. Some weeks ago, or is it months now, I cut back on coffee. This was a huge sacrifice. Then I decided to only have coffee when we are at a cafe or restaurant. I had a cappuccino about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. That wasn't a good idea. I couldn't sleep until well after midnight and even then I kept waking up. I guess I've become super sensitive to caffeine. There's no way I'm going to never drink coffee. I'd rather live with the consequences but I'll have to learn to have a bit more common sense.

HOW DID I DO?

I'll be glad to go to bed tonight.

Breakfast:- Frittata

Lunch:- Smoothie

Tea/Dinner:-  Chicken, roasted onion and cabbage.

Snacks:- almonds, dark chocolate.

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 4

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

25 minutes C/T = 6 km

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

49.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

144 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 9 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE



IT LOOKS AND SMAELL PHENONENAL

AND YES, IT IS TRUE. WE HAVE HIS AND HERS TEAPOTS.

I have begun the day well, if a little tardy about breakfast. As soon as I got up I made my famous frittata which should do us both for a few meals since it has 12 eggs as well as cheese. This time John peeled and I thinly sliced a buttercup, (maybe an acorn pumpkin), and lightly cooked up the remaining silverbeet/chard, about 6 large leaves with stalks.

 I layered the pumpkin, silverbeet, a little feta cheese, roughly diced red capsicum, (bell pepper), and grated cheddar and parmesan. I beat the eggs and added seasoning. Today it was cajun spices, ground pepper, salt and mixed in a dip made of sundried tomato, parmesan and cashews.  l topped the lot off with a good sprinkle of sunflower, pumpkin seeds and pinenuts, cherry tomatoes and a final sprinkle of grated cheese.

LUNCH AT COLENSO ORCHARD
Today I baked it slowly, about 160'C/320'F for at least an hour. And guess what, I forgot to add bacon and onions. Hmmm! So my Famous Frittata is different everytime I make it. I'm trying to imitate the amazing one we have for lunch when we stop at Colenso Orchard. Theirs is a deep dish frittata and I think has kumera, (sweet potato), as well. It also looks as though there is a layer with cream cheese. I'll have to go back again soon so I can check it out again. Sometimes I use broccoli or spinach too. It depends on what is in the fridge on the day.


I need to get a move on. There is exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes before we need to leave home. I still haven't had my breakfast smoothie and I need to shower and wash my hair as I have two afternoon appointments. One to seek advice from a phisio about treatment for Bells Palsy and the other with our bank. Maybe we can squeeze a lower interest rate out of them.

Reporting Back ..............

Yahoo! I had the Practice Nurse do my blood pressure today, 12 days after the last one. It has dropped a massive 12 points so that now it's 135/75, previously 147/75. Sure I take a fair amount of medication but the only thing that's changed is my weight, minimally, and my absolute conviction that I need to be 100% wheat-free. The nurse also gave me the result if the brain scan I had last week. Again everything is OK. All I need to do now is continue along this path of eating and exercising for improved health and who knows ...... Maybe my medication can be reduced next time. I'm not due to see my doctor for another 6 weeks or so. That could be an interesting visit. I think I should ask for blood tests to be done on the visit too. I will get the nurse to test my blood pressure again in about 3 weeks to make sure it really is stable.

In the meantime I will probably be having some accupuncture for the Bells Palsy. I spoke to the physiotherapist associated with my doctor's practice and he is familiar with the problem and it's treatment. He was willing to give me a session then and there but I passed it up because it is going to be quite expensive for us. I will need at least 3 or 4 treatments before we can decide whether or not it's doing any good. That will mean extra trips into town, up to 3 a week initially. The visits are going to cost $45.00 each. None of this is covered by our  Government health system so I needed to think about it in light of our budget. I'm sure I will follow through but I do need to redo our budget.

Advice from the bank is to hang on until October when our fixed rate interest term finishes and we can make adjustments without penalty. We fixed our interest rate for 5 years and the rate is nearly double the current one. We've had to bite the bullet all this time because the penalty made it uneconomic to change. I was hoping with such a short time to run the penalty would be negligible.

For my American friends .... there is a little price war going on between banks which has brought interest rates down to under 5%. When we got married in the 1960s and looked at building our first house, interest rates were stable at 3%. Since then we have seen them stabilize at around 12% in the 1970s, escalate to 21% + after the 1987 stock market crash and gradually shrink down ever since. Now the European and USA economies are having a lowering effect here. Long may it last but...... who knows what really is going to happen next.

John seems to be happy enough on his wheat-free food. He's also reading Wheat-Belly by Dr. William Davis so we are pretty much on the same page. That makes me happy.

HOW DID I DO?

I did well except for being a bit low on drinking water. No nausea today. Tomorrow I will take all my extra vitamin and mineral supplements except the omega 3. I'm working a plan to re-introduce it in a few days.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Salmon frittata and cappuccino with sugar. We stopped at a Cafe about 3 pm knowing it would be another couple of hours before we got home.

Tea/Dinner:- My Famous Frittata.

Snacks:- None

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 4
Cappuccino with sugar

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

Cross-trainer for 35 minutes - 8 km. Wow! I seem to be doing better than before my two week break. I hope I can do the same again tomorrow.

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

43.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May, 2012 135/75



1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

143 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 8 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE





JOHN WENT FOR A WALK THIS AFTERNOON AND FOUND THE PINE TREES ON THE VILLAGE GREEN ARE BEING REMOVED. THE LOGGING TRUCK WAS THERE WAITING TO TAKE A GOOD PILE OF LOGS AWAY.






Lynda left me the following comment yesterday about my run-down on how I use the Lean For Life program. I decided to post her comment and my reply here.


There seems to be a lot in that book that you don't agree with :) Perhaps just come up with your own plan and stick to that. I agree about the wheat, it is causing more harm than the world realises at present. I know sugar is a biggy for America but grains are the hidden sugar that people just don't consider.

My Reply
  1. I do follow the general guidelines and they are also in line with most low carb weight loss plans. I am usually under the recommended carbohydrate grams, almost always under 80gm per day and often don't reach 40 grams. I've done a lot of reading and the LFL guidelines still hold true. This is also an American program and I found it necessary to modify some things to suit our lifestyle. I'm a great believer in KISS. The program expects you to use some low carb, protein bars. I have a couple of Atkins bars in the fridge for extreme emergencies or awkward days away from home. I prefer to carry hard boiled eggs or a piece of cheese,

    Don't forget I still have a lot of weight to lose and there is no way I'm going to compromise the rate at which I can lose weight. This plan works and all I have done is tweak it to make it mine. It's been very helpful in the past and continues to be so.

    The good thing for me is there are no points to count, (WW), no calories to count, few foods to avoid now that I don't eat grains, and I only weigh foods if I think my potions might be getting out of control which hasn't happened in a very long time.

    I guess the program is my comfort blanket. *smiles*

Recently I came across a comment somewhere that delighted me. I am the daughter of a farmer in New Zealand where almost all our beef and lamb is grass fed. Grass fed animals provide meat that is not only more nutricious and contains a good level of Omega 3, but it's a more efficient use of land than grain feed. I'm sure many can dispute the economy of this but I like it! Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our food animals and birds were given the freedom to graze as nature intended. 

HOW DID I DO?

I managed today a little bit better but ,,,,, I've been nauseous all day. I'm so tired of this. I'm fine when I'm doing nothing, lying down or sitting but a few minutes on my feet and I feel so awful I can barely function. Not sure what the cause is but I suspect either the supplements I take or my blood pressure medication. I'm going to go back to basics. My medication plus the vitamin B and forget the rest for now no matter how important they are supposed to be, It might help if I drink a lot more so that's my task for tomorrow.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Savoury eggs

Tea/Dinner:- Steak, cabbage, mashed potato with carrot.

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 2

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

And that is a huge relief. It has taken me too long to get back into my serious exercise.

30 min cross-trainer = 6.5 km

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

35.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Monday, May 21, 2012

142 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


I LOVE THE VIEWS FROM THE PORT HILLS ABOVE CHRISTCHURCH
LOOKING TO THE EAST OVER LYTTLETON HARBOUR



I feel a little frustrated with myself this morning. May is disappearing fast and I am making little progress toward my goals of improving my weight and fitness. I began the month with high hopes but with 10 days to go I am not drinking enough or getting enough exercise and my food seems to be all over the place. This is partly due to the seasonal change to cooler weather but I don't have time for excuses.

I can't say I'm eating badly but I'm not making enough good choices during the day. Generally I'm not feeling quite so good. Time to get a grip again. I was doing much better when my focus was on the Lean For Life program based on what the Lindora Clinics do. It's not so much that I'm doing anything different but that my focus has got fuzzy. Joy would understand what I mean.


Lean for Life by Cynthia Stamper Graff  

I bought mine through a particular Amway group who called it Health Point.
The book is also available on Amazon.

Lean For Life is a lower carb program that includes some fruit and grain, advocates vitamin and mineral supplements and walking 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps is generally considered equal to 5 miles or 8 km. I'm sure if I followed their recipe I would be right on track again.

I made some personal adjustments because I don't think any program works unless you make it your own. I don't eat grains anymore.

Vegetables:- The menu includes far too much iceberg lettuce for my taste. I don't always eat lettuce or even green salad every day. I'm sure that if I did it would be better for me. I also eat more carrots, pumpkin and kumera, (sweet potato) and other veggies than recommended.

Protein and Fats:- I probably eat more protein and fat than recommended. Low fat dairy and fat trimmed meat are recommended. I don't follow that aspect because I believe in eating whole foods as nature has provided.

Snacks:- I am finding that I don't need or want extra snacks through the day. Instead of the allowed 3 - 5 snacks a day I usually only have one. I'm simply not hungry or looking for extra food. I think this has something to do with eliminating most grains.

Supplements:- I don't take all the recommended supplements because it is too expensive but then maybe I should take another look because we are currently spending quite a lot on supplements like vitamins C & B, magnesium, calcium and Omega 3.

Fruit and Grains:- The program allows a limited amount. I have chosen not to eat grains and most days the only fruit I have are the berries in my breakfast smoothie. This smoothie is what keeps me going. If I start my day differently there is a good chance the day will not be quite such a good day.

Sugar:- Sugar is not a problem for me so I don't use substitutes. The few rare occasions I want to sweeten something I use ordinary sugar or if appropriate a little fruit. I keep saying I'll grow my own stevia but so far have not got around to doing so.

Measuring and Weighing food:- I no longer measure and weigh. I did that at the beginning, many years ago, when first introduced to the program by my sons. I found that when I eat healthy food I don't overeat or choose extra large portions.

General:- I use the recommended foods as a guideline adjusting to seasonal foods and what my budget allows.

Exercise:- When walking is not appropriate I am working toward a goal of 10 km/6 miles on the cross-trainer which is something like an elliptical trainer. I chose a cross-trainer rather than a treadmill or exercycle because  it is weight bearing exercise, and I use my arms more, something I don't do well when walking. I do not count incidental walking since I've become frustrated with all the pedometers I've tried. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist so I use a google program to map my distance when walking. I am most successful at doing my walking or cross-trainer when I do it first thing in the morning, even before breakfast, in one hit. Breaking it up into smaller sessions usually means I never follow through with the remaining ones. It seems that I'm easily distracted from doing my daily dozen walk.

I also intend to introduce stretching and resistance exercises as my energy levels improve.

Ketosis:- Lean For Life is a ketogenic diet. Staying 90% in ketosis is a good guide to success providing you are not over eating on fats. It's one simple measurement that is easy to do and helps me know when I am getting off track, I guess it's a little like someone keeping an eye out for foods that spike blood sugar.

Set Points, 6 Week Cycles and Maintenance:- Lean For Life has one aspect that I've not seen mentioned elsewhere. The book discusses set points which are weights your body wants to hang on to and not move beyond. To break this pattern they have designed a program with 4 weeks of good weight loss, followed by 2 weeks of maintaining that weight. They call this Metabolic Adjustment. At this point you can decide whether it's time to go into maintenance mode or continue with another 6 week cycle. There is also a plateau busting menu for a day that works well.

I found there are psychological advantages of planning in 6 week cycles. It also made it a lot easier to socialise during the 2 weeks of  maintenance although an interesting thing happens for many of us. We continued to lose weight through the maintenance period but at a slower rate. At the weight I am now I can almost guarantee an over-all weight loss of 5-6 kg/11-13 lbs in 6 weeks.

Mind-Body Connection:- One aspect of the Work-book which I am not good at is the mental work. Everyday of the six week program there is a chapter on how to get your brain power working for you. While I consider myself fairly intelligent I'm not an intellectual and this is something I tend to skip over. Even now after years of using this program off and on I am still learning to put into practice many of the lessons in the book.

Wheat:- The secret to becoming consistent and finally successful lies in the removal of wheat and most grains from my diet. Had I known the science behind the wheat connection in the beginning I doubt if I would still be having to work so hard now. I am convinced that I have never tolerated wheat well. With the knowledge I now have I would probably have made my household wheat-free from the beginning. Instead I've played around with the yeast connection and uncertainty.

A double-minded man is set to fail.

Until recently that was me.

 It had taken a long time to be convinced that grains, especially wheat, are not good for me and certainly not essential to healthy nutrition. I am appalled by the potential of modern wheat to do harm. Thank-goodness the tide of scientific evidence and public opinion is turning albeit slowly.  It might be 20, 30 or even 50 years before the 'Establishment' acknowledges that modern wheat is a health hazard and probably the greatest contributor to obesity and diabetes.  In the meantime those of us who have discovered this truth will adjust to living wheat-free in a world dominated by wheat and other grains. Scientists will continue to argue and the brave ones will continue to research and prove the point. It has been an epiphany to discover I can live a very healthy life without grains in my diet.

An aside. I am shocked by the resistance many people have to this truth. Clearly this is something the enemy against healthy, active, vibrant humans wants to keep hidden. Well, - do I have news for all the noisy reactors against this science. The nasty secret of grains is out of the closet and it's only a matter of time before it becomes accepted as main-stream knowledge.

HOW DID I DO?

Although I fasted about 20 hours I'm not sure whether it was wise. I felt off=colour and went to bed extra early last night so maybe my body needed a rest from food.

I really need an excellent day, not necessarily perfect but one on which I pursue doing the best I can.

Bedtime now with thoughts about tomorrow.

Breakfast:- Fast

Lunch:- Fast

Tea/Dinner:- Steak and mushrooms with a little onion and tomato.

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 3

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

29/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


141 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


WINTER SPORT ON A TINY LAKE AT WAIHI


How on earth am I going to resist eating IT! I've just made John's first wheat free bread. I made the coconut bread from Maria's Nutricious and Healthy Blog. Maria's recipe has coconut oil which I have run out of so I used roughly a 50/50 mix of olive oil and melted butter. Oh Yummy! It smells so delicious sitting on the kitchen bench cooling. One more step in this journey to make our house wheat free.

I must hurry along now. Time to finish my breakfast and get ready for Church. I'm kind of apprehensive, maybe shy, since it's a very long time since I was last there. I have many friends in the congregation but there will also be a large number of new faces. Be Brave!


Reporting Back ..............

Why was I anxious about too many strange, to me, faces at church?  There were only a few people I've not met previously and I was surrounded by friends, many of whom prayed for me. I also received a good tip on how to pray for our family. Something I should have thought about for myself but somehow had overlooked. So obvious that all I can think is it just wasn't time.

We were home just after 2 pm and I couldn't wait to taste the coconut bread. The texture is rough, I found it a little scratchy in my throat but not unpleasantly so. For some reason I was surprised that it was savoury rather than sweet. I think the aroma of it baking had given me a false impression of sweetness. It was dry and needed some kind of moist spread. But there is one thing I'm not happy with and that is the after taste of soda which I still have nearly 2 hours later. I am going to tweak this recipe each time I make it until I'm satisfied. The baking soda goes. I might add yoghurt instead of half the fat too. Good gracious! I could be inventing a new bread.

HOW DID I DO?

I did OK for a day out. All too often I don't do things well when home schedule, such as it is, is disrupted. I went to bed extremely early. About 8 pm. 

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Coconut bread, tomato, gherkin, slice red capsicum, little butter. The coconut loaf is tasty and savoury. Not at all sweet. I enjoyed my lettuce and capsicum sandwich. The bread is a little dry and because the recipe seemed high in fats I would perhaps use a hummus, salasa or pesto spread rather than butter.

Tea/Dinner:- Finished off the roast pork with mashed veggies

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 3

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

29/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Saturday, May 19, 2012

140 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


 TWO YEARS AGO WE VISITED THE GIANT HOUSE AT AKOROA
THE GARDEN IS WHIMSICAL WITH HUGE MOSAIC SCULPTURES
WE'VE NOT BEEN BACK THERE SINCE THE EARTHQUAKES
I BELIEVE THE GARDEN IS OPEN
AND FLOURISHING WITH NEW WORKS
I'VE NEVER SEEN ANY REPORT OF EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE TO THE GARDEN
ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE IN AKOROA



AKOROA HARBOUR

The following is a beautiful reply to a complaint I made.


"I'm not happy. I feel robbed of the life I love. Something needs to change ..... probably my attitude!"

{{{Hugs!!}}}

I won't just pat you on the back and say "there there, poor baby", since I feel that's so disrespectful. But I WILL say man, oh, man, I totally understand what you said there!! I really do. For totally different reasons, but that same feeling is something I spent months working through. And I'll admit, even now, there are days I pout and resent that the life I had, my freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted it, is gone, and I miss it terribly.

Yet, I've come to the same conclusion as you: I simply must change my attitude. Cuz the situation probably won't change, barring a miracle the Lord has not let me in on... so, to live in joy again, I need to let it go, and find my gratitude every day now. I don't know what the key it for you... I really think it's individual. But I also KNOW that the Lord knows our unique needs and will tailor it to us. I'll be praying, Anne, that you find that key that will restore your daily joy.

I think of this because years ago, I helped care for a dear friend who was dying of pancreatic cancer. I was there one day when the hospice nurse visited, and asked my friend if she was finding "little joys" each day. My friend looked at her like she was nuts! Um... I'm dying here!

But the nurse said that even now, if Jean wanted to try, she could find simple joys. Like keeping the bedroom curtains open so she could see the little birds that visited the feeder. Listening to the purr of her kitty. Remembering things about her children that made her smile. etc etc etc. Jean got it, and changed her attitude, and looked for those little daily joys.

I don't mean to sound trite, or negate the pain you are going through. But at the same time, I'll be praying God will fill your days with His little joys, even as you wait for the situation to improve. :-)

Love,
Loretta

I appreciate my blogging friends more than I can say.

Life is full of waiting for something to happen. Sometimes that something is vital to our future but fretting doesn't make it come any faster. After all these years I should be in a state of happily accepting this but that;s not always so.

Meantime I'm off to have a nice bubble bath and read more of Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. It's blowing my mind. I'm also having to concentrate somewhat because, while it's a lay person's read, it's full of technical words and data.

Reporting Back ..............

Enjoyed my soak and finished reading Wheat Belly. John's turn now. I will go back and read the first part again and check out the recipes in case I want to try some of them. One thing about this way of eating the recipes convert from USA to NZ much better than most because the ingredients are primary, ie. not processed. I would like to get a personal copy to share around family. This one is from the library so we will return it in a couple of weeks.

I do find many recipes found on my USA friends Blogs are not easy to convert because they include either brand names or ingredients that leave me puzzled. I also like simple. Usually the fewer ingredients the better. I quite like cooking but I don't want to spend an hour getting all the ingredients together and prepping unless it is something very special.

HOW DID I DO?

No exercise, not enough water.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Cold roast pork and Salad, lettuce, red capsicum, cucumber, grated carrot and gherkin with honey mustard dressing.

Tea/Dinner:- Bacon egg and onion

Snacks:- almonds, dried apricot

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes/no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

29/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st


Friday, May 18, 2012

139 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PHOTOS
DAYS END ON OAKURA BEACH, NEAR NEW PLYMOUTH
JOHN AND i MET AT THIS BEACH IN JANUARY 1960


I started the day really well ....not. I accidentally stuck my finger in my sore eye. Ouch!

This resulted in another lazy day.


Reporting Back ..............

Apart from a short time on the cross-trainer it has been another totally lazy day/

HOW DID I DO?

Food OK but not totally as planned. I was aiming for a very low carb day. I'm trying to get into ketosis again.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- 2 egg omelet with fresh herbs and feta cheese.

Tea/Dinner:- Cold pork roast with small serve of silverbeet and onion.

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 4

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

!5 minutes cross-trainer = 3km

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

29/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st





























































































138 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 6 DAYS OUT OF 31, EXERCISE


MATARANGI BEACH
I AM MISSING MY MORNING WALKS ALONG THE BEACH


It seems to me as though going out for whatever reason disturbs my equilibrium and is bad for my health.   My routine was disrupted when we stayed with friends nearly two weeks ago followed by five days at Mum's house. We had the weekend at home then a long, for me, day on Tuesday. I am out of my exercise routine, my food is OK but not stellar. My weight loss appears to have stalled.

Yesterday was miserable. I'm finding the colder air upsets my eye. It's been frosty with a southerly air flow. While I feel warm, walking into an unheated room sets me up for a lot of pain. I'm learning to sooth my eye by holding a warm facecloth against that side of my face. I don't have much resilience to deal with the pain and discomfit and found myself feeling terribly depressed and wanted to cry over so many things that I can normally cope with.

Today I'm having another lazy rest day.

Tomorrow is River Day, the monthly day of worship for women, run by my Pauanui friends. I would love to go. I had two choices. Stay with friends at Pauanui or leave home at 7.30 am tomorrow morning and get home about 5.30 pm. Another long day. There is no way I can cope with another long day this week. The alternative does not sit well either. We would need to pack overnight bags today and John would drive down this afternoon since no-one is confident I am a safe driver at present. I want to stay the whole weekend and go to Church there on Sunday. John would be stuck with the people we stayed with a couple of weeks ago. He would do it if I insisted but I know he'd not be happy.

I'm not happy. I feel robbed of the life I love. Something needs to change ..... probably my attitude!

Reporting Back ..............

I had no cold meat in the fridge so Cooked a pork roast. We had a good dinner. For once the silverbeet was perfectly cooked. Still had a slight bite. 

HOW DID I DO?

I kept the house warm and from time to time put warm compress over my eye. It's much improved. I'm beginning to feel as though life is worth living

Brunch:- Smoothie

Lunch:- NA

Tea/Dinner:- Roast pork, onion, carrot and silverbeet. I had my share of crackling too.

Snacks:- almonds, Pikelets, (cream cheese and almond)

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 4

Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

I aim to walk or cross-train 5 km or more each day this month plus....

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km
2 x
3 x

26/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
January:- 10.5kg/23 lbs 
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 20.5 kg/ 45 lbs 

Next Official Weigh-in June 1st