The Journey

Bowls

Your life is a bunch of bowls in front of you. Each bowl is full of VERY IMPORTANT THINGS (eating healthy, getting exercise, paying all your bills on time, giving attention to grow your relationship with your partner, friendships, that book you want to write…etc). You are able to hold up and concentrate on only so many things (for our…

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Musings

The Parable of the Ham

A child stood and watched her mother prepare the annual holiday ham. The mother carefully cut each end off the ham before placing it in the pan. The child asked, “Mother, why do you always cut the ends off the ham?” The mother replied, “Well, that’s the way my mother always did it.” So, the child called her grandmother and…

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Musings

Keto is not magic

TDEE Your body has a certain amount of calories it needs every day just to keep you alive. This is your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE). These calories can come from the food you eat or from your fat stores. For the most part TDEE stays the same day-to-day but your body can adjust it over time by tuning your…

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The Journey

Keto Month 12 – One year Keto

February 2018, Month 12 on Keto (low carb, high fat) Down 63.2 lbs (lost 10.3 lbs this month). That’s more like it. This month I had two-ish incidents of “cheating”. 1. On 2/15 I went out with some friends and had fondue. We had both cheese (with meats and carby dipping stuff) and chocolate fondue (with lots of fruit/dessert dippings)…

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Musings, The Journey

Dealing with disappointment

“If I quit now I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.” I am at now my lowest adult weight (well, 5 lbs above it.. but I hit it last month and the month before that). Like literally this is lower than any weight I’ve…

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The Journey

Keto Month 11

January 2018, Month 11 on Keto (low carb, high fat) Down 52.9 lbs (gained 2.6 lbs this month). Honestly I think I did pretty well until the end of the month. Then the wheels fell off the wagon. Ok, wait.. let’s stop a minute and take in the fact that “gained 2 lbs” now counts as wheels falling off the…

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Musings

Making it work in the long term

All diets work in the short term. Low-fat calorie counting, Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Cabbage Soup diet, they all work.. until they don’t. For a while it’s all roses and you lose some weight.. but then the diet stops working or you start straying and you stop losing and stall until finally you gain it back (and if you’re unlucky…

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Graph of weight in December 2017
The Journey

Keto Month 10

December 2017, Month 10 on Keto (low carb, high fat) Down 55.5 lbs (lost 0.2 lbs this month). The holidays are hard. Even though I only lost 0.2 lbs this month I’m going to take it as a win. This month I had three-ish incidents of “cheating”. 1. On 12/10 we went out to dinner with some friends and although…

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Musings

Hunger: Why am I hungry all the time and how to make it stop

Hunger is related to your hormones.. and those hormones are not necessarily related to your body’s caloric needs.   Hunger vs. calories needed For years I believed that hunger was my body’s signal that it needed more calories.  So I ate the calories reasoning “I’m hungry therefore I must need the calories”.  Now this wasn’t always the case.. I mean I…

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Main Dish, Recipe

Lemon Spiced Shrimp

  Print Lemon Spiced Shrimp Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 12 mins   A quick an easy low calorie shrimp dish.  This one is big on taste and low on effort. Course: Main Course Servings: 1 person Calories: 80 kcal Ingredients 1/4 lb cocktail shrimp zest from one lemon sprinkle cayenne pepper sprinkle cinnamon salt…

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