After 10 years, I am still med free and can officially say I no longer have type 2 diabetes! A few months back, I went into the doctor weighing 207 with an A1C of 6.9 (normal is 5.6 and below). Keep in mind, I hadn’t been to the doctor in over 5 years and had … More Doctor Day! My Results Are In!
I’m sure you are wondering who I am, since it has been SO LONG since I posted anything! 🙂 I wanted to let you know I am still around and am currently working on this blog. I added a Contact page (https://atkinsjourney.wordpress.com/contact/) so you can actually send me questions (or make suggestions) AND a basic … More Hello!
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Rachel McLish – The first woman I saw with muscles who still looked feminine. I do not hear this nearly as much as I did when I first looked into lifting weights. I hope it has something to do with people being more enlightened but I’m pretty sure they just…
It has been a year today since my husband’s surgery to remove a polyp that turned into a cancer diagnosis. It has been one heck of a roller coaster ride. I spend my days alone, while he is at work, yet when he was in the hospital I was like a little child, lonely and … More A Year Today – Cancer and Life
I just received a message from someone on Facebook about a fantastic line of products that will get you into a state of ketosis in 3 hours. From the little I read, you drink two of their drinks (two separate products), eat their “special treat”, then subsidize the rest of your calories with meat and … More Get Keto Quick … I Mean Get Rich Quick Schemes
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-lemon-parsley-veal-chops-108450 Grilled Lemon-Parsley Veal Chops Veal 1/2 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 6 8- to 10-ounce loin or rib veal chops, each about 1 inch thick Topping 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley 1 tablespoon grated lemon … More Grilled Lemon-Parsley Veal Chops
As I’ve said before, I flew off the rails once I discovered my fish/seafood allergy was gone. Well, life (my subconscious, the gods) have a funny way of throwing me back on the rails. As I’ve noted before, my husband has had health issues that coincided with not only my type 2 diabetes diagnosis but … More Quick Update
So, two days ago my scale died. I don’t think it was due to shock but just before it went completely blank, it said (no, yelled) that I weighed 183 pounds. So, according to it, since I cut back on smoking a week before, I had gained 11 more pounds! I hope it was my … More Quick Update – Dead Scale
http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/tomato-and-avocado-salad-ensalada-de Ingredients4-6 SERVINGS SALAD 2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ -inch tick ½ small red onion, thinly sliced 1 English cucumber, sliced crosswise 2 small avocados, diced DRESSING 2 limes 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
And another fantastic bit of wisdom shared by Elliott Hulse. I’ve never really been a goal setter. No, that’s not true. I’ve never set big, life-altering specific goals for myself. I set small ones all the time (like finishing a project) but I have always found it difficult to not only figure out “what I … More The 2015 Version Of You – Setting Goals
Well, before the recipe post-fest commences, I thought I would give everyone a proper update. My stats have been updated, reflecting my weight and size gains since August. In case anyone is unaware, I injured my shoulder when I re-started this journey in August of 2013. I hadn’t lifted weights since high school and immediately … More Update: January 3, 2015
Well, it’s that time of year again. I see a lot of new visits and, having been MIA for few months, it’s time for me to stop hibernating and start posting more recipes (right?). This post is for any new readers (and old ones who feel stuck). I truly believe that no single way of … More Happy New Year!
Well, I’ve been doing nothing physical all week. I decided to teach myself to knit. These aren’t perfect but I learned what I did wrong so, with the next hat I’ve already started, hopefully it WILL be perfect. I had hubby take this picture to share on Facebook. Less than 5 minutes after I posted … More New Picture
When I first began this journey, the first foods to be eliminated (before sugar) were all seafood. My allergy was so severe that I didn’t even try seaweed just in case (I’m not sure if I mentioned but I could not even be near aquariums). So, that eliminated a lot of food establishments. If it … More Update – Seafood Tests Completed
January of 2010, as I have noted before, I was rushed to the E.R. I had developed an allergy to scallops, which branched out to all fish/seafood, then to latex, then to certain chemicals, etc. Two months later, I was diagnosed with not only type-2 diabetes but my Vitamin D levels were in the single … More Amazing Update – Our Bodies are Truly Amazing
Well, this past week has been busy and full of experimentation. My typical physical training went out the door, due to the weather and my improved mental state (and physical). When we bought this house, there was so much that needed to be done (and only a month to complete it before we moved in) … More Update – July 15, 2014 – Blood Sugar Success
Well, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks basically scooting around on my bum, pulling up linoleum and scraping paint. I stretch every day but my left leg, by the end of the day, was still numb. So, I broke down and bought a proper exercise pad, an expensive piece of ABS pipe (foam roller) … More June 28, 2014 Update – 45 pounds gone
So, I was all prepared to post a wonderful sugar-free recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream. I even had my phone charged and ready to take that close up. Then, I tasted it. I didn’t have mint extract, so I used peppermint eo (essential oil). Although I did not use the same amount, I’m … More June 14, 2014 Update – Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Dud and MYO Liquid Sucralose
There isn’t much to say this week. I’m tired and will go back to bed after I post this. My stats are posted … not much has changed except an increase of 1/2 inch for my upper belly roll and I’m 3 pounds heavier than last week (which hopefully will go down after I get … More June 6, 2014 Update
I have updated my stats today. My husband and I have been going through some personal issues for the past few months. I’ve been barely checking my blood sugar … mostly doing it if I felt off (and, since the readings were always good, I kept doing that). Well, yesterday was different. I got some … More May 28, 2014 Update – Slap Upside The Head
So, after a month of inactivity and a week of stretching/strengthening my shoulder, I did my first weight training this morning. I feel great, though my muscles already are a bit upset that I did more than sit in the chair all day. My shoulder isn’t sore at all and I think that’s because I … More Fitness Is A Skill article and another mini-update
In life, it’s good to not get too comfortable. This is from a fortune cookie my mom left here the other day. It’s amazing how appropriate this is. Stress. How do you handle stress? I’m not talking about rush-hour traffic or job deadline stress but life changing stress? I share a lot about myself without … More April 28, 2014 Mini-Update
I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last update. I have been running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Imagine, if you will, a child left alone for the first time (just neater). That’s the way it has felt since my son moved out! 😀 There is so much … More March 25, 2014 Update
Well, it’s that time of month again (CAN’T WAIT for the change to occur) and this is the first time I can remember having to take a diuretic. In 3 days I gained 5 pounds of bloat (and that was with drinking at least 96 ounces of water) so, I took OTC diuretics (Diurex) for … More March 9, 2014 Update
O.k. Well, I guess I’ll be posting my training daily. Just so you know, I have been doing weights 3 days per week and (when I feel like it) cardio twice a week. Most of the time, this is Monday through Friday and I don’t do a dang thing on the weekends (this way you … More My Daily Training Schedule
Not only is it Groundhog Day (I guess we get to see 6 more weeks of Winter, which is fine with me as long as it involves more rain … California) but it’s Superbowl Sunday (which has absolutely no significance to me whatsoever except the television will NOT be on at all today) AND the … More February 2, 2014 Update – Let’s Talk Poo
I’ve added a new weight training program to my Physical Training page. So, why am I doing this? Well, because I’m bored. I’m bored and tired of having to remove exercises from my training because of my shoulders. So, while I was trying to work myself into training mode this morning, I stumbled on an … More New Weight Training Program
What a difference! This shows how far I’ve come. I think, despite the gobs of makeup in the one on the left, how much healthier I look. I sure as heck feel better!
Well, well, well. What a difference a week can make. I have finally broken the 30-pound-loss barrier (I posted my stats here). I have officially lost, as of this morning, 31.2 pounds! I’m hoping that it will last but I’m not counting on it. Why, you ask? Well, yesterday was an awful food day. I … More January 26, 2014 Update – Scale Victory-ish!
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy Elliot Hulse. He doesn’t censor his language and each video is just one guy talking to another. This one is especially pertinent to me lately. I’m still in “look back” mode. What did I do before and how can I do those things differently so I will … More How To Get Sh*t Done
Well, good morning one and all! It’s just a beautiful day and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here (yes, this is really me and not some bubbly imposter). I have successfully fought off another illness (this time, I think it was just a cold). My stats are updated (gained a … More January 18, 2014 Update
Another review and boy, this one is tasty! I decided to brave the cracker isle at our local Costco. I was curious if they had anything low carb. Well, look what I found! I have no idea where you will be able to get these. I did a Google search for “Grok Cheese Snacks” and … More Product Review: Grok Cheese Snacks
Well, now that we are over a week into the new year, I figured it was time for me to take a look back at my progress since August of 2013. As much whining as I have done, to see the numbers in black and white is uplifting, especially on a day when I have … More January 10, 2014 Update
This week has been good but kinda “meh”. Hubby worked Monday and was off the rest of the week, so I let exercise slide a bit. I didn’t have set “cardio” days (usually Tuesday and Thursday). The weather here … I usually don’t talk about it this time of year because everyone else is freezing … More January 4, 2014 Update
I need to whine to someone and it doesn’t feel right doing it on Facebook (again) with so much of my family on there (I don’t think any of them read my blog, so I’m safe). When my mom gets bored, she comes over here and hangs out for a few hours. Our relationship used … More Journal-ish Parent Whine
Well, good Friday morning, everyone! Yes, I’m amazed I actually remembered to post my update this week! AND just because it was Christmas two days ago, I didn’t fall off the rails in any way! We did it up on Thanksgiving (all that food and it was just the two of us) so, since we … More December 27, 2013 Update
From one sexy beast to another, I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and yummy Merry Christmas!
I’ve been “running around” so much (mostly mental) that I’ve completely flaked on posting an update or recipes or anything! Here’s a quickie: I’m hovering around 188. Gained massive amounts last week (5 pounds in 4 days) so I’m drinking my water, eating clean, and just started exercising again. I gained all that weight right … More My Apologies plus cookie and pizza recipes
Well, I waited to post this, hoping to have lost some weight by now but no. At least I haven’t gained anything in the last 4 days or so. Please, excuse the language but I can’t think of any other words to describe the way I have felt this past week, “Fuck it”. I had … More December 15, 2013 Update – New Picture!
Well, good Friday afternoon! This week has been a struggle to eat enough calories. I’ve been busy with my hands (either crocheting or playing a video game or looking up new crafty things to do). I haven’t been planning out my meals (like I usually do) so by the time dinner rolls around and I’m … More November 22, 2013 Stats
This is a great post from “Living Atkins Every Day” about the influence of the Biggest Loser on our mental health and weight loss. I can’t agree more. When I hear of people who first start Atkins (or any low carb way of eating) and they lose massive amounts quickly, I’m happy, envious, and furious … More Biggest loser damage…. and mini journal entry.
Can you believe it? It’s actually Friday and I’m posting my stats! Health-wise, I actually thought I might be able to start exercising this week. I was feeling really good until early Thursday morning when, once again, I was up at 3 am coughing up a storm (at least this morning, I got to sleep … More November 15, 2013 Stats
Well, good Saturday morning, everyone! This week has been a strange week. I’m beginning to feel better but now I feel like crawling into a hole and telling everyone to leave me alone! All I want to do is crochet … that’s pretty much it (oh, and make up for my illness by catching up … More November 9, 2013 Stats
This time of year has always been difficult. This year, I am especially feeling sorry for myself. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday but with the mood I’ve been in I didn’t even attempt to buy “crap” candy to hand out … I would have eaten it because it was there. This week has … More November 1, 2013 Stats
Well, still coughing but I’m able to do more. My sleep pattern is still off. Two nights ago, I learned a lesson. My cough syrup’s dosage is 2 teaspoons. Well, I didn’t want to walk all the way (my house is 800 square feet) to the kitchen, so I grabbed the medicine cup from another … More October 25, 2013 Stats
Well, I have now officially lost 15 pounds! It feels amazing to be able to say that! When you look at my stats, you will notice I’ve only lost one inch from my chest since last week. I attribute that to all the coughing I’m still doing (it’s not as bad but as soon as … More October 18, 2013 Stats – 15 pounds down!
I can’t tell you how many times throughout the years that I have heard (read) that studies have shown a blood sugar spike when low calorie sweeteners are used. Most of the time, I didn’t read the studies cited because, to be brutally honest, they were too long, too technical for my state of mind … More The Roll of Low Calorie Sweeteners in Weight Management
I, as you can see, tend to have a strong opinion. This “controversy” that is sweeping through the local (and now national) news is a disturbing example of what is wrong with this country. People (mostly women) are up in arms over this photo. And what is wrong with this photo? Women are viewing her … More Maria Kang and the “What’s Your Excuse?” Controversy
I know, it isn’t Halloween yet but it was just Thanksgiving in Canada and one of my friends posted about his Keto Thanksgiving meal. Actually, I think I originally found him on reddit (/r/keto) and he was generous enough to “friend” me on My Fitness Pal. My mouth started to water when he mentioned green … More Thanksgiving And An Awesome Man
Well, it seems I have finally turned a corner. Although I was awake this morning at 3 am, coughing, I feel pretty darn good! We spent the weekend running around, so my diet consisted of fast food (Mc Doubles without buns/ketchup) and it felt so nice to be able to just grab something to eat. … More Good Monday Morning!