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Rdrunr557

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 16:57
Hello All,

It's been way to long since I checked in. I'll never be able to read all the posts I missed My mother passed April 29th, looking to get a new routine. Haven't been sticking to anything for quite awhile. So today, I start again. Hope everyone is well.
atriel2

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 17:22
Quick check in again today.

Rdrunr - I am so sorry for your loss but glad to see you around again.

Rowan - I do hope that you feel better soon.

Myrna - OMG! I'm sorry that I'm laughing. But it is kind of funny. I so enjoy hearing (reading?) your kid stories.

Dorothy - I hope your night was good. Smile

I drink around 200 oz. of water a day. Some days more, some days less. I can go up as high as 264 or as low as 144 oz. Believe it or not, your body does adjust and no, I am not up all night to the bathroom.

I'm kind of missing some of the "old timers" today.
- Toni


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Rowanfair

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 18:13
Oh Rdrunr, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My compliments of condolence to you and your family.

Myrna, how awful about dialing 911. Great punishment though. I would HATE going without my iPad/computer for the rest of the month. Way worse than being grounded the old fashioned way.

I don't drink a ton of water. I know there is practically a religion around water drinking on FS and I try not to post heretical things very often but let me just quote from Dr. Jay Wortman's blog.

"There is a lot of misinformation out there. For instance, the idea that you need to drink eight glasses of water a day or even more is something you run into all the time. There is no basis in science for this. You should drink when you are thirsty and avoid drinking calories. On a low-carb diet if you drink excess water you may exacerbate the tendency to develop hyponatremia (too little sodium in the blood) on this type of diet. When you stop carbs your kidneys will excrete salt and you need to make sure you are getting enough. Unfortunately, you see a lot of examples where wrong advice is given and people are told to restrict salt and drink lots of water. This is guaranteed to give you problems if you are doing low-carb."

So please, dear friends, if you have to be crazy about water, at least get enough salt. I tend to think that drinking when you aren't thirsty is just another instance of us not listening to our body's actual needs. Instead of eating when we're not hungry which got us to the weights we carry, we are doing it with water. I really am trying to learn to listen to my body and not eat when I'm bored or work myself into crazy mental cravings. And I drink when I'm thirsty.
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Sunkeeper

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 05:02
Good morning low carbers, it's FRIDAY!

On the water issue, we could debate it till the cows come home I'm sure, just because you've read a study on the net doesn't make it so, the experts debate it all the time. My experience was when I upped water intake I lost weight, faster and easier. Many studies have also found it you wait till you are thirsty your already beginning dehydration, not a good thing for sure.

Rowan, check out what the Mayo clinic has to say about it here. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283 About.com, nutrition and health has an easy calculator as an example you can try out here. http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

Canadian living has an interesting article which you could also calculate from.
Why is 8 glasses the magic number for water intake?
"If you're not looking to lose weight and are just maintaining your weight with a specific calorie intake, one millilitre of water per calorie of your diet is needed to metabolize the food you eat," says Van Schaick. "The eight glasses per day is based on the average diet of 2,000 calories and, at one millilitre per calorie, it works out to eight glasses."

If you want to lose weight, Van Schaick recommends, you may need to increase your water intake. "If you are trying to restrict your diet to lose weight, take in one ounce of water for every two pounds of weight. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces (or 12.5 cups) of water daily."

Can you drink too much water?
"It's very rare that we take in too much water, but there is a condition called water intoxication," says Van Schaick. "If you drink too much water, you dilute the electrolytes in your body and that can affect your heart. We've heard of athletes having heart attacks because they've taken in too much water, but it's very rare. Twelve cups of water per day will not overhydrate your body." (12 x 8 = 96 oz)

I could go on and on and on posting articles about how much water you should be drinking but it's a complete waste of time as I'm sure there are just as many out there to dispute the very same thing. It's well proven you can live on water alone for long periods of time, that in and of itself should tell you it's a very important part of our lives, period.

Could this be the very factor of why your not losing on a regular basis? If you did up your water intake would the weight come off you faster, easier? I don't believe you should ever knock something until you try it especially when it's worked for other real people. Just my opinion of coarse, for what that's worth.

Rdrunr, I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering where you'd gotten too. I'm so sorry you've had to experience such a loss, please accept my sympathy.

Oh Myrna, can't even imagine how you were feeling. Bad little angel, what was he thinking? Being the youngest it could be a very good lesson to both twins, don't listen to those older kids, they'll get you in trouble every time. Very good punishment, writing the letter especially, good job Mom.

Going to cut this off now, sorry to all that I missed addressing this morning.

Have a great low carb day and DRINK YOUR WATER, it works, here's the proof of it! See me, I walk, I slosh and I've lost every pound I intended to. 40 lbs in 6 months, something I did must have been right!

Rdrunr557

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 19:14
Thank you everyone for your kind words and condolenses. Second day back and I over did it with protein.

Guess it will take a while to get back on the horse. It seems like I can't catch up with everything that I have to do. I make a list of to do's to get through the day. Maybe I'll make a to do list to take care of what I need. Sound familiar. I think we always take care of everyone else first and put ourselves at the end of the line.

I find that I do need to drink more water, liquids in general. I drink maybe 2.5 cups of decaf coffee, and occassional diet decaf coke (only maybe 2 a week) and only 1 to 2 bottles of water a day by the time I go to bed. That's only 52 ounces of liquids a day. OH BOY! Shock

Check in tommorrow. Good night everyone, I think I actually make a plan for myself tonight. Smile
BBD5

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 00:00
Good ol' Friday evening.. Finally winding down, kids in bed and I'm sitting here with all lights out, tv on and looking at this laptop.. Relaxing and unwinding. Looks like everyone had a good day. Mine was good.. Did a pre-workout at the house on my bike and did some hiking today. Very Happy Little pooped but that's nothing new... Doing well on eating.. commited to getting those veggie carbs in daily - a few days I didn't make it to 12 veggie carbs but I got close to it!

Rdrunr.. Again, glad you made it back to the site and so sorry for your loss.. Please hang in there and take One Day at a Time!

Toni.. everything is good- hanging in there and daily thinking about how you inspired me to increase the veggies.. I remember always trying to keep up with you on the net carb of veggies.. Wink I can never get that water intake that high.. still trying!

Sunkeeper.. All I can say is thank you for your posts..Such an inspiration and you always get my mind on the right track when I veer to the left.. lol lol.. Such a strong woman!

Life's challenges - yeah I know it's nothing new but I am experiencing a few at this time.. wanted to speak on it the other day - not trying to have a "Whiny - Whoa as me moment". I am well aware that everyone has issues and challenges I just chose to speak on it (needed to vent a little) .. All I can do is Hang in there..

So glad to have this group/site to learn and share information..Very Happy

All we can do is be here for one another for support, motivation, and an ear on occassion/when needed.. Let's continue on this journey together.. Hope everyone had a great Low Carb day! Drink your water, log your food and let's SMILE!

Everyone have a great night! Hang in there!
tenkilos

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 01:08
Rdrunr so sorry to hear about your loss, I'm thinking of you and your family, big hugs x


Linda
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 08:07
Happy 4am Saturday All!
Do not think I didn't post yesterday, I did. Of course, FS ate it. I just didn't have the wherewithal to do it again. It seems that I can either have my ticker, post to my challenges or post on a forum. Pick one and ONLY one. I've deleted all my groups but this one. Tried to streamline as much as possible but I guess now I'll just have to choose one a day until FS can figure it out. Oh, and I don't know if I mentioned it, but it seems that if I post to my challenges in the early morning it goes. Maybe FS is overloaded in the late evening. I guess I'll start posting a day early.
At 12:01am Friday we experienced a storm line that was interesting. Every single person in my house was awake, up and out the front door by 12:04! We are quite accustomed to bad weather, nothing new, and most times at least SOMEBODY sleeps through it or doesn't bother to crawl out of bed! At 12:01 we had a lightning strike so bright that it was like turning on all the lights, followed by a thunderous crash that rattled the windows and knocked small objects off shelves. Immediately following that was an unbelievable roar which quite quickly translated into hailstones the size of quarters! Unbelievably 5 inches of rain fell in 3 hours, which of course flooded all the roads and crashed our internet for the day. While no one thing was uncommon, it was odd to have them all together. Other than power outages and flooded roads all day there were no horrible incidents and all the nearby traffic accidents had no life-threatening injuries so all is again right with the world. Smile
Back to the issues at hand Smile

TOFU:

I was tickled to see that daylight to be sure! I'm waiting for pictures of those toes, photographed by you, no mirror needed!! I did get my official invitation to my reunion yesterday, and thankfully, I was correct it is the 40th (I can do the multiples of 10 fairly accurately!) Wow! 48th for you! How exciting! Around here, after the 45th the reunion committees start hosting every year together... so at mine there will be the 40's, 45ths through 60ths.... when they get to the 50th & 60th they are actually still with us but they have their own separate "meet n greet" and "dinner". They do their "walk the halls" and social with everyone else. It's really interesting. I've never FULLY understood reunions. I graduated in a very large class, but the people I WANTED to stay in touch with, I did..LOL

BRENDA:
Looks like you're gettin' it girl! I'm not good on the protein thingy so check with Sunkeeper or Toni or somebody, but I THINK you're supposed to get your protein count of "times .37" based on your GOAL weight, not your current weight, but again, get someone knowledgeable to fill you in. I just HATE doing things and then finding out later I was doing it wrong!

MYRNA:
About that Reunion! I didn't realize I had one either until after I had decided to embark on Atkins. Funny. I wonder if that could have been subconscious.... heck NO! My memory NOR my math are that good consciously! You didn't say which one this is for you. Tofu is 48th, I'm 40th.
Let me be very serious for a moment about your Angels! I did find the story quite humorous (as it wasn't MY kids this time) and got a big giggle out of it, even though we know how intense prank calls to 911 can be. Rarely do I find anymore that parents take on the challenge of actually disciplining critical judgement errors. Yes, that Angel is only a first grader, but he was definitely old enough to understand that his actions could have easily resulted in delaying help to someone else that really needed it. He doesn't need the a full spiel on the whys and wherefores of faulty decision making. I must commend you on your thoughtful correction. The apology letter truly was the perfect choice. He will have to acknowledge what he did, take responsibility, show remorse, and by that understand the wrongdoing and not repeat it. I also would have instituted some other form of punishment (ie taking an electronic), just to make sure that he revisited the lesson daily for a bit. Trust me, every time he thinks about playing that game he is going to REMEMBER why he isn't. You made sure to take something that would really make a difference. And it should have, he committed a serious offense. In my book, you get the Best Parent Award. Good thinking, Mom!

RDRUN:
Know that I am thinking about you. A plan is a good thing. Take things one day at a time and post daily.

BBD5:
LOL I didn't mean your Life's Challenges weren't important! I meant we wanted to hear about them! Didn't want you to keep them to yourself!! Sometimes if you write them down they become a little less challenging, or you'll find you aren't alone, or sometimes even that someone else has a "knack" for dealing with just those kinds of issues! I certainly didn't think of you as "whiny", just the opposite! I'll try to better express myself the next time! Sorry. Sad

TONI ROWAN SUNKEEPER

aka "The Big Slosh Debate"
I truly enjoy you all. I appreciate that each of you are willing to get out there and put your effort into research and giving your own results. I appreciate the fact that you address the issue rather than attack each other. Truly an amazing feat.
I will not attempt to provide any science, as was pointed out by Sunkeeper, you can find articles to support pros and cons everywhere. So, here contained are my own humble thoughts on the matter.
I feel, as a whole nation, that we don't consume enough plain old, everyday water. We drink way too many excuses for water. Sodas, slushes, KoolAid, Gatorade, Protein drinks, "flavored" waters, coffee, tea, and energy drinks, just to name a few.
While water seems to be very low on the priority list for most people (including me previously) it also didn't seem to be of any concern.
Around here we always drank water, just not copious amounts of it. I began paying more attention to my water drinking during '85 Atkins. I distinctly remember reading to: (paraphrasing because I don't have the book) drink plenty of water, but don't force. I've always pretty much adhered to that, HOWEVER, I was also drinking soda all day. This time around I've eliminated all the soda, save one day a week. Of course, last week I "forgot" my day so I missed it. Full admittance is that I was addicted to Diet Coke. Horribly so. But, if I could stop smoking 3 packs a day after 35 years I could NOT find an excuse for not giving up the soda.
Okay, all that being said, I have tried. I have been, and still am, drinking no less that 64 oz a day, but I will not be able to sustain it. I did drink 100oz and over a few days but those were extremely rare. Although I do understand those who are completely committed to it, I can also understand those who aren't and all the reasons attached to each. The absolute truth of the matter, for me, is this. There is a point in the day where the water consumption makes me feel physically ill (okay, maybe it's psychological, but it's still ill). Beyond that, unlike Toni, even on the mere 64 oz I am up two, three and four times a night (maybe that's age?). The actual loss of restful sleep is taking a serious toll on me mentally, ie, this post. I drank 80oz of water yesterday (Friday) and went to bed at 11pm. I was up at 1:30am, 3:00am and 4:00am at which time I started writing this as I absolutely could NOT go back to sleep. By the time I finish this my kids will be getting up, then it will be time for my 4 miles and the day is off and runnning. I did not count the number of times I went to the bathroom yesterday, but I know it was plenty. I have no known bladder issues. I will try to get an accurate count today as I truly feel that it is interfering with my day to day functioning. Sound extreme? Exaggerated? Try pushing a double stroller and corralling a few preschoolers each and every time you make that toilet trip during the day. It's aggravating at home, having to stop and unbuckle them all and put them in strollers and FIND a bathroom while away from home is absolutely maddening. My thoughts on the subject are this. After this last challenge is over I am going to log my natural water consumption. I am drinking NOTHING currently, but water and I expect that to continue. Logging it all, but forcing nothing, perhaps the natural occurrence will be that I will drink more and toilet less? (hoping) Beyond that, I think we will all agree that different things work differently for different people. Things I SWEAR by and have watched others use diligently, didn't work for them. I guess it's the same reason that some people can live Atkins and drink soda and some can't. Some can lose on 50 carbs, while some of us have to go under 20. Some people can just restrict their calories for short periods of time and maintain an average weight for years. Not me. I guess the point I was making is that even if you do hundreds of clinical trials, you are going to get varying results even with scientifically controlled groups. Why? Because everyone is different. Even with the most structured tests there are variables. Every scientific result has a plus/minus variable attached to the final result. They have to. While I do believe that we should "drink plenty of water" I don't think that that is the same for everyone.... I'm still trying to find out what my "plenty" is. Hopefully everyone else will find theirs too.

And no, I don't feel bad that I've taken up so much space..ROFL. Hardly anyone ever posts on the weekends, so I don't suspect many people read it either! But, lucky for those few who do, I hear murmuring from the back.... generally my cue to stop typing and get busy!

Happy, healthy and safe weekend to all. Know that if I ever step on anyone's toes it is inadvertent as I would never intend to hurt or insult or question anyone. I have enough trouble keeping myself in line!!
(Comments contained herein are strictly the opinions of the writer and are not endorsed by Fat Secret in any way) ha.

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
dialup75

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 13:00
Hello everyone, havent posted or journaled in a bit, i know. Had some stress that got me sidetracked. Hope everyone is doing well.
Myrna Louise

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 20:57
Hello! Gina: It's my 30th...

Thank you everyone for the 911 Punishment Support!

It gets worse...I took the good son to the movies today and I asked for a small popcorn for him...the guy says same price for a large.....and I say OH WHAT THE HECK...he can always take some home....well, lets just say I have to write an apology letter to myself for eating half a bag of popcorn! C R A P ! I'm going to hell in a handbasket!

Have a good night....going to go soak my head in the tub!!!

[b] [i]270-down to 180 = 90 (11 1/2 Months)

We have chosen a path in the road...sometimes we will hit a bump, trip on a rock, miss a corner, and slam right into a mountain....but if we just back up a little, we can get right back on the path!
BBD5

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 23:53
Hi All.. I guess it is a ghost town here on the weekends! lol lol.. Well today was a good day.. Actually got out the house and did some visiting.
Did my exercise this morning and actually stayed on plan..

Hi Linda!

CarbTracker.. You didn't hold out on anything. Love it! I want you to know that I may have come across a little snappy didn't mean too! Just a little emotional and I tend to veer to the left.. Thank you for your post I appreciate it.. We're all good girlie!

As for the water intake.. I try so hard to get up to 64 oz.. Lately I have been consuming 40oz and I am so proud of myself.. Will continue to try harder to consume more - not for the statistics but for myself! Wink

Myrna.. Don't be so hard on yourself! 1 day you ate some popcorn.. tomorrow is a new day! You've come a long way, so continue to keep up the good work!

Dialup75.. I hear you on the stress levels.. My week was kind of rough.. Issue hasn't went away but I'm holding on!

Rdrunr.. Again, you stay strong and hang in there!

Hope everyone had a great Low Carb day! Drink your water, log your food and let's SMILE!
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 06:28
Okay!! Another night of Journey to Atlantis (ie the toilet). Three trips after 10pm and what's this???? Up for the day again at 4am. This is getting just a teensy weensy bit out of control! If you guys understood how much I LOOOOVE to sleep it might be easier to grasp.. LOL. PLUS, Saturday and Sunday are the only days I ever get to "sleep in" past 6... oh well...there's always next weekend, right?

JEN-
WE are the UNstressers! Let us help! Glad to see you posting and always wonderful to learn from your story. You are definitely on the right path. Your progress is a constant inspiration to me, and I'm sure many others.

MYRNA - 30th!! Good for you! I just realized that mine isn't until September!!!!! So great for me because summer is just too hard to fit in anything of importance. I loved my 30th. The most amazing thing about it to me was how many people had SMALL children. "The times, they were a changing" (my apologies to Bob Dylan)
Dontcha just hate it when you do something on auto pilot? (like sticking your hand into the popcorn bag in a darkened theater) I myself have been guilty of tossing something into my mouth while cooking. It's REALLY hard to catch yourself when it's so reflexive. I hope you're thanking your lucky stars it was popcorn instead of Jujubes or some other straight sugar carb overload! At least popcorn has some redeeming qualities! Plus, it was probably worth it just to drive home that lesson to the one left at home!

DOROTHY -
That's what we are here for! We want to support you! You think you veer to the left? Girl, I am PERMANENTLY off center! "Wink
And you are correct. Come Friday around here it's dead! Actually I shouldn't complain, because by the end of May I'll barely be here to post. My work is seasonal, I work April through November.. with June through October being the worst. So, they'll probably be here to hold down the fort while I'm too tired to type!!
Well, I see the sunrising. It's very pretty, but I would have been happy to miss just this one Smile I'm gonna try to grab a 20 minute nap!

Happy low carbing to everyone and a WONDERFUL MOTHER'S DAY!, whether YOU are the Mother or whether or not your Mother is still with us. Mine's been relocated 18 years, but not a day goes by that I don't "hear" her. RdRun my heart is with you today. Just keep in mind that as long as someone is remembered and loved they are always here.

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
atriel2

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 08:12
Morning all and happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there.
It's beautiful here. I've had house guests all weekend and it's been good.
I hit introvert overload about 6 hours in, I have stayed on plan despite the, "oh have a little taste" and "a little won't hurt you" comments.
That's a debate I just don't feel like having anymore.
I'm off for the day. Have a good one, guys!
- Toni


Starting weight 212 on 1/10/14
Mini goal: 182
Mini Goal: 162
Mini Goal: 142
Mini Goal: 125

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almost50nfab

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 08:35
Happy Mothers Day all - I definitely fell off the wagon this weekend but am back on the saddle today....wonder if my weight tracker will work when I gain weight LOL
Mini Goal 1: 153
PDXmom

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 11:06
Happy Mother's Day!
I did we'll this week and my hard work is paying off at the scale... Thank you EVERYONE for the feedback and support!

dialup75

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 14:12
Happy Mothers Day!
tenkilos

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 16:51
Happy mothers day to all the mum's out there, some of us enjoyed it yesterday, some are doing it now Smile

I must admit I've gone a bit AWOL the last couple of weeks and seen my body get FATTER, I'm starting to look in my wardrobe for 'comfortable' clothes again!

I have had morning coffee, it's around 8am here, going to have a shower and WEIGH myself, wait for the scream!

Linda


Linda
Myrna Louise

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 17:48
Happy Mother's Day! I have had a quiet day today....No extra weight on the scale this morning from the popcorn episode....WHEW!!! Everyone have a great evening!

[b] [i]270-down to 180 = 90 (11 1/2 Months)

We have chosen a path in the road...sometimes we will hit a bump, trip on a rock, miss a corner, and slam right into a mountain....but if we just back up a little, we can get right back on the path!
Rachel116

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 19:17
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! I stayed on plan all week until supper last night. Then my mom and I stopped at the local Mexican Restaurant on our way home from a walmart run. I ordered fajitas with no beans,rice,or pico. Everything was going great--Then the Margarita started calling my name and my will power ran out the door. Then my mom ordered sopapias for desert. OH MY GOODNESS they were soo very sweet I could only eat about 3 of them but I'm not even going to record the carb counts in just those 3 little chips....and the Margarita of course. I was just sure today would be better, and it was--skipped breakfast and went on to lunch at the Chinese Restaurant I was sticking to meats and veggies and escaped without many added carbs. Then we went to my sis-in-laws family's and oh the home made cakes and pies were still out everywhere. I thought I'd get one TINY peice of cake to give to my little one. WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE!!! He didn't want to eat it without me eating it so I took a tiny bite and that lead to a devistating ending. Three pieces of cake and two glasses of milk later and oh I am so miserable. I'm sure I won't be eating anything else for the rest of the day. Tomorrow is another new day and everything will be back on track as usual. I tend to stay on track a lot easier on days that I work simply because I have to plan my meals ahead of time in order to eat at all. So I take what's on plan and have no other way to deviate from the plan.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day and a great Low Carb day too!
~Rachel~


“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
Pete1998

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 20:22
Happy Mother's Day to all Moms out there and Happy Birthday to Myrna!

I'm relaxing on protein overload, as my husband made me a 5lb prime rib for dinner... my absolute favorite!!!! Looking forward to settling down to a movie as soon as we get the kiddos off to bed.

My in-laws are taking us on vacation next week - two days in the car to Seattle, followed by a 7 night Alaska cruise, then two days in the car back to South Dakota. So my question.... anyone have some great tips for ignoring the sinful desserts and carb-laden heaven on a cruise ship???

And Linda... I purposefully didn't step on the scale this morning, as I knew it wouldn't be pretty... Ah well - tomorrow is a new day!

Rdrunner - continued prayers for you!