Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sharing Some Tunes…

This dude reminds me of Sting
Been thinking a lot about the things that have happened to me over the last year.  I’m tired. I think it is seriously time to move on to better things. I have been in the Two Street Town for far too long.

Kimbra is someone that I came across from listening to Gotye.  Enjoy my music and thank for bearing with the brain dump.  Lessor people have broken from the sheer amount of stress that I have been experiencing.  It’s amazing what 12 hours and some jazzy music inspires…

Atkins Tips! Yay!

I posted information about The Ketogenic Diet earlier. I am following Atkins (a ketogenic diet) and I found these tips on the Atkins Website.

The following 10 tips will help you shape up and keep losing, all summer long.
1) Weigh yourself only once a week. Scales can’t distinguish among fat, muscle and water and your body’s byproducts. No matter what you do, the numbers are bound to differ a pound or two in either direction on a daily basis. And, as you build muscle and lose fat, your weight may not change, but your shape will. Instead, look at weight loss as something averaged over time. Check in occasionally with your scale, but take measurements as well. Even if the numbers on your scale aren’t going down as fast as you’d like, you could be losing inches. Another great tool is a piece of clothing that was tight when you started Atkins. Try it on every couple weeks to gauge your progress.  ( I actually believe that the scales LIE! I rarely weigh myself because if I did I would be discouraged. It’s not the numbers on the scale it is how you look and feel. Get a tape measure! You want to shrink in size not WEIGHT only.)
2) Don’t fall into a food rut. When you first start Atkins, eating the same things every day may make it easier for you to stick to the plan. But as you start losing weight, and become more accustomed to this way of eating, try experimenting with different Atkins-friendly foods and recipes so that you don’t get bored with your choices or tempted by forbidden treats. Find out how to tailor your food choices based on your eating style.  (I am the Recipe Queen! If there is a way to make something low carb then I will look for it. I get bored easily with the same thing every day.  My eating style is New Orleans so if I can find a way to make a low carb gumbo…I’m doing it.)
3) Increase your activity level. Studies show that people who exercise are more successful at maintaining their weight loss than people who don’t. Make it your goal to incorporate regular exercise into your life, especially now that the weather is getting nicer. Walking, swimming, running and biking are all great ways to enjoy the weather while burning calories. (EXERCISE is NON-NEGOTIABLE! I cannot stress this enough. You will see much better results if you decide to start an exercise plan. My plan of choice is weights and Taebo. 🙂 )
4) Build more muscle. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, which means the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest. Start building muscle by adding some resistance training exercises into your exercise routine. (Pick up a weight! Adding muscle to your frame enables you to burn more calories at rest. PLUS…you will be leaner and wear smaller sizes.)
5) Use a journal. Keeping a weight-loss journal may make you more successful at losing the pounds. Note what happens if you add more Net Carbs to your diet or a new food. How do you feel after exercise? Are you hungry between meals? Are you feeling more energetic or confident? Write it all down so that you can accurately track your progress. If you haven’t already, sign up for the Atkins Community and start using the free online journal there. (How about blogging about it?  I’ve had this blog since 2005…and another one before that. I find that writing down or dumping the brain helps. I have accountability just because I know people are reading what I am writing.)
6) Read your labels. Watch out for hidden carbs; to calculate the grams of carbs that impact your blood sugar, subtract the number of grams of dietary fiber from the total number of carb grams. Also double-check serving sizes on labels; some foods and drinks are actually two or more servings, so you need to add in those extra carbs and calories. (It seems like a lot to do, but it isn’t that hard. You will be amazed what has added sugar.  Biggest thing? Anything low fat or fat free. They have to replace the fat with something, most times it is added sugar. Check out the label of a fat free salad dressing and one with full fat…you will see a higher carb count and more sugar in the fat free one every time.)
7) Drink your water. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so staying well hydrated helps you not to overeat. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, sip from it frequently. Spice up your water by adding sliced lemons, limes or cucumbers. (I’m a water drinking fool. 🙂 Just a tip…if you are hydrating yourself then drink cold water…it also burns more calories to heat up. IF you are looking for appetite control the drink that room temperature water.  Crystal Light is my best friend! I also prefer distilled water. My preference.)
8) Don’t skip meals. Keep your hunger in check by eating three regular-sized meals (and your choice of two snacks) every day. Some people do better with four or five smaller meals each day. The important thing is to keep your appetite and your cravings under control. ( I eat this way: A QUEEN in the morning, A PRINCESS in the afternoon, and A PAUPER in the evening. It works well for me because I am usually not hungry after my evening workout.  It is easy to forget to eat, but it is necessary to fuel our bodies. If you lower your calories too much you WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT!)
9) Plan ahead. Keep snacks like Atkins Advantage bars, nuts or jerky at your fingertips so that you are less tempted by less healthy summertime treats. Make your barbecues and gatherings Atkins-friendly with grilled chicken breasts or fish and take advantage of the season’s fresh vegetables. (Ugh…Atkins Advantage Bars are what I call Frankenfoods. ONLY if you are stuck should you rely on these bars as a snack. Of course they will put them on the list because it is the Atkins website. I tend make sure I have low carb snacks handy when there is a gathering. Most times there will be a Ketogenic friendly food available for you. I have even survived a Pizza Party by eating salads and just the topping off the pizza.  You may get strange looks but your health is more important.) 
10) Get the family involved. Have your family help choose new recipes to make every week, and get them involved in the cooking and preparation. Focus on healthy snacks for the kids, like frozen grapes or berries with vanilla yogurt. Take a family walk in the evenings and go for bike rides and hikes together. (When I first started my way of eating my children ate whatever I ate. Granted there was an uprising “The Great Sugar/Bread Revolt of 2007” occurred…that was funny. Most times your family will stick behind you. I never had to make separate meals in my home. I just at what was allowed on the plan.  They got used to living in a Sugar Free home.  I still have support even though I live alone. My Brother Louis and My Sister Kellie have always taken into consideration the way I eat.  I also had the kids join in with Taebo!)

I added my two cents worth of experience using these tips. 🙂  I hope this was helpful. Now…to locate the weighted bar I have been looking at, thinking about, plotting to get!
Dinner will be wings, salad, and sugar free jello.
More water than I have in my cooler !
Exercise: Rockin’ Abs and Fat Burn Accelerator!
🙂 later

Weighted Bar…

I am on a mission to find myself a 4lb weighted bar. I found the one that I need, but, of course, it is in  Tucson. I’m tired of playing with the bar that I have now. Going up to 4 pounds (may consider 5) so I know I will feel the workouts again.

It’s padded…and I am hoping not too long. I really want to get this!

I will be using this with the Taebo Amped system I have been using since 2007. I have gone through a ton of the ones that Billy Blanks used to sell. I don’t think I can find the “Amped Bar” on sale anymore. That is usually the case with Taebo. It is impossible to find the older workouts these days.
Anyhoo…It seems I will be going to a Sports Authority this evening after work.  Possible road trip for me!

Ketogenic?? Now What to Eat??

As promised…the basic way of eating ketogenic.  It really is an easy way to eat. It also helps when you are using weights in your daily routine. I picked up a lot of lean muscle eating this way. I was also NEVER HUNGRY. EVER. I would forget to eat. I basically ate to fuel myself.
SO…what now. I am currently on my second day of eating this way. Already feel better. Tonight will be more kickboxing with weights. THAT is a great stress reliever!
Ketogenic Diet Foods List:

  • Any meat (such as beef, venison, pork, veal, lamb) in any just about any cut or preparation, though check the carb content of processed meat products like sausages and ensure you don’t buy anything cured with sugar or honey.
  • Any poultry (chicken, turkey, quail, duck etc.). It is preferable to leave the skin on poultry to increase the fat content. Poultry must not be breaded or battered, but can otherwise be prepared any way you like, roasted, stir fried, deep fried, baked, grilled or barbecued.
  • Fish and shellfish. They should be fresh – things like imitation crab meat often contain added carbs – and if you buy canned fish make sure it hasn’t been preserved with added sugar. Again, it must not be breaded or battered.
  • Eggs. You will probably find that eggs become a staple when you are on a ketogenic diet.
  • Cheese. Most types of cheese are suitable for a ketogenic diet, though they do contain some carbs, so make sure you include these in your daily carb count to ensure you stay below your limit.
  • Vegetables. Vegetables will be the source of most of the carbs you eat, but you still need to choose the lowest carb vegetables with the best nutritional value. Green leafy vegetables are the best, such as spinach, all kinds of lettuce and cabbage, watercress, Brussels sprouts and kale. You can also eat broccoli and cauliflower, celery, cucumber, asparagus, bean sprouts, radishes and more, but must strictly limit you intake of sugary vegetables like peppers, onions and tomatoes, and avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes.
  • Nuts can be eaten in moderation as a snack.
  • Most kinds of oil, butter and cream can be used in cooking.
  • Fresh herbs and dry spices can be used for flavor.
  • Mayonnaise and oil based salad dressings are usually OK, but check the carb content on the bottle.

Just like I have been saying since 2007…

EATING FAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FAT. Low fat diets make you fat…anything high in carbohydrates will have you spinning your wheels.
Check this out! Courtesy of

I did follow this type of plan for three months and my stomach was so flat. Since I have nothing else going on with my life I have decided to continue focusing on me. I have always felt better eating this way. Gonna be posting the allowed foods (much like Atkins) and of course exercise and water are a must. The website has a wealth of information !

Going back to the basics…

My daughter told me that they are moving the wedding up. I now have until October (or end of September) to get my ass in gear. I want to look good to give my daughter away.  🙂 🙂
No MuuMuu Mommy Matron Gown for Me.  No flowered and fringed sleeve monstrosity either. I never understood the logic of putting a flower print on a size 22 (the size I used to be). I used to feel like a walking flower bed. Bees would follow me around. And why sequins and fringes added as Lagniappe? Do women really want to look like a flowered disco ball?  I never did! I am hoping that the full figured fashions have changed since then.
Anyhoo…gonna be strict about my carb intake, my water intake and my exercise regimen.  I am removing all negative influences from my life in honor of my 43rd birthday. Life is too short to have unnecessary drama in your life. It just makes you miserable and old looking. 🙂
I’m gonna TRY to quit smoking…I have cut back because I actually LIKE oxygen when I am working out. I will not drink during the week. Actually I will only drink in social settings. Since I am not the big social butterfly I think that would be a great step in the right direction. I am paying 23.00 a month for water so I will be drinking that distilled water by the gallons. My eating will be clean. 🙂 I will go by body measurements and the way I look in clothes.  I hate the scales (it lies) so I will probably weigh once a month just to see where I stand.
Tonight will be the Commitment DVD by Billy Blanks. Because I am seriously committed to reaching my goal by October.
I’m the Bride’s Mother…doesn’t mean I need to look the part.


I can’t wait to find out!  My daughter and her fiance are coming by to see me tonight. YAY…I get to cook something. The meal will NOT be low carb since this is a somewhat special occasion for me .
Fried fish, potato salad, peas and carrots, corn bread…AND I may even attempt some brownies. 🙂 Good home cooked meal.
My weight loss has been good. I don’t really like the scale so I am going by how I look in my skirt. BAM!  Not bad for someone turning 43 in two weeks.
43 in two weeks! This has been quite a year for me. I am hoping 43 will bring more adventures for me. I think I deserve some fun after all of the drama I have experienced ending with my Love Note on my car.
So…no exercise. No eating low carb. No dieting. Just an evening of cooking and acting like a Mom!

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