Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 61 - Self-Discipline (Measurements)

About to go to bed after a long day of travel. I did want to jot some numbers down as I managed to get to Lindora this morning and get a B12 Booster and my measurements done.

Here they are as of this morning:
Abdomen: 30.3
Hips: 37.5
Thigh: 19.75
Arm: 11.75

Here's the last measurements taken at Day 26, quite an improvement!

Abdomen: 32.5
Hips: 38
Thigh: 21
Arm: 12.5

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 59 - Self-Discipline

Lots of fun happening!! Got a lifestyle changing job that will have me
traveling the globe, been eating healthy, made some new friendships with some classy, wonderful ladies in Newport and been having a ball watching one of my dear friends have her first child and watching lil' Jacob bring his joy to our world.

Met a wonderful young lady this morning that is set to lose 170 pounds and I'm hopeful to be a solid mentor and motivator for her. She likes the same "in your face-stop being fat!" - type motivation that I do - way cool!

I'm at 135 pounds now and steady. I'm sure all this traveling may take another ten pounds off me so I'll have to be careful not to "underdo" the food intake when on the road--still need to eat eight times a day and drink lots of water.

Still drinking about 70 ounces of water a day - somedays it's more difficult than others to get it all down, but even if I don't, I usually come pretty close.

Have a great day all-keep up the fight against fat!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 47 - Self-Discipline

Well, my run as Maria in "Man of La Mancha" officially ended with our last show on Sunday evening, followed by a fun cast party.

I was blessed to be a part of such a great musical and my character was pretty funny (if I do say so myself).

I'm keeping up the diet and exercise, back into Ketosis this week and this morning's weight was 138 (goal weight has always been 135).

A big job interview happened recently, still waiting to hear if I got hired. If so, I'll be travelling constantly, but my family and I are prepared for it. Travel will be all over the world...pretty exciting to think about all the upcoming adventures and the fact that I'll be moving so much that my physique will surely change even more...hooray!

How's YOUR weight loss going, friends?

LOVE YOU and keep up with healthy eating habits because there is no feeling like being thin and vibrant!

xox NJ

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 42 - Self-Discipline

I wore my Calvin Klein suit to work today, but it's definitely getting altered! Wow, it needs about two inches of reduction everywhere...gonna cost me, but it's one of my favorite suits!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 36 - Self-Discipline

Well, to make a long story short, I have been so busy between work and rehearsals for "Man of La Mancha" I've not had even five minutes to write much here.

I'm currently back on my regular weight loss menu. I went back to Lindora and started on Metabolic Adjustment, but everything failed. Now, I don't mean failed in a bad way, it's just the amounts of intake and the schedules coupled with an emergency root canal (where I could only eat jello and soup for days) caused an imbalance in following the plan to a "T."

The good news here is that I'm down to 138, so I've been keeping with the rhythm as it were. I still have 3-5 pounds to lose, depending on fluctuating weight, possible plateaus, etc. The goal is still 130-135 pounds so I can shed the small tire I still have lingering.

Next week, I'm planning to go back for a B12 booster.

More later...have a great and healthy day everyone!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 26 - Self-Discipline (Current Measurements)

The proof is in the pudding! Lindora Works!

Current Measurements:
Arm: 12.5
Chest: 37
Abdomen: 32.5
Hips: 38
Thigh: 21

Measurements two weeks into program:
Arms: 14
Chest: 38.5
Abdomen: 34
Hips: 40
Thigh: 22.6

Well, I actually got in to see my nurse Jennifer this morning and I'm now on a Metabolic Adjustment period for two weeks. Then, we'll trick the body back into Ketosis so I can shed this last five pounds which now has reached its plateau. It's going to be interesting, to say the least. I have to upload the carbs and proteins, a little hesitant, but I know it will work so I'm going to follow it just as strictly as all the other steps. 

Weeded out more fat clothes from the closet, that's a great feeling! Cache, I'll see you next month for new duds!

Have a great day all!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 25 - Self-Discipline

Well, this morning I went to the Lindora clinic to get my first booster shot since my trip to New York. 

I have a lot of water retention at the moment and I weighed in at 142.

Last Friday, I got more Keto Sticks and I'm happy to report I've been keeping up a "Small to Medium" level all weekend! 

Whooo hooo!! I also noticed yesterday that an older short-sleeved dress shirt was BIG around my arms!  So, later this week I need to make a point to get back to the clinic and get my measurements done once again. 

Have a good day all. Oh and....Eat healthy-don't be stupid!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 20 - Self-Discipline (Began Power 90)

Today was my second day of doing "Power 90 - Sweat." I am gearing up to get into P90x (thanks to my brother for giving me a copy of his).

Today is Protein Day - Lindora was having a great sale so this week I've stocked up on a variety of foods, especially soups for the Fall cooler temps. This morning, it was Maple/Brown Sugar Oatmeal and it was really good. I did my workout and had that and a lot of water thusfar. Ketosis seems to be dwindling, maybe a solid protein day will fix that. I have a few more pounds to lose, it seems to all be just dwindling around my mid-section.

I'm taking this afternoon off to start clearing out clothes that are now way too big on me.

My friend is having a baby, so I gave her a top the other night. She's gained a good amount of weight from the pregnancy, so she can really use them until she gets back to her normal size. Baby is just two weeks away...fun!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reflection and Motivation

So, here, in one place are the photos from "before" and "after" my six-week Lindora Program.
(Note the Barbra shirt-hehe)

This after picture keeps me going and I'm motivated to stay on track. Funny, I know how I got to 159, but I'm still disgusted at the fact I let myself go like that-absolute disregard of my health and stupidity on my part. Now that I am not on the program anymore, I don't have anyone to "report" to but myself. So, I've promised myself never to do that again. I've lost a total of 21 pounds as of today. Current weight: 138

I urge anyone reading this to keep at your own weight loss, if eating controls you, you have to DECIDE you care about yourself. If you can't make that decision, you will keep "blowing up" and potentially suffer from all sorts of health complications due to being overweight - this isn't rocket science, it's your life. Don't be foolish with your life! Everything in life is a CHOICE - choose well.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 17 - Self-Discipline

Just weighed myself and pI'm down to 138!! I have finally broken the 140s.  More later-it's time for more sleep....zzzzz.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 14 - Self-Discipline

Well, because of the extra weight gain I could certainly feel that I had a lot of compacted food inside me so I took a laxative (Dulcolax) - two doses - one in the morning and one in the evening. This morning, I found I was down an amazing four pounds and my stomach felt a lot better. it's amazing what cleansing your bowels can do for you - sluggish feeling gone, slept better, feeling happier and more relaxed.  The reason for laxative over Super Colon Cleanser was it's a quicker and sometimes a more thorough result. Of course, people can get a little addictive with laxatives-I say, only use when necessary.

Current Weight-142

Still seven more pounds to lose - I'm still keeping up with my regular diet plan. Tomorrow will be protein day. I think the plateau diet will be no longer necessary - we'll see.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 13 - Self-Discpline

Well, I hate to say it but I gained a couple pounds at home (Upstate NY). It's difficult when you're off your regular routine at home. Today I'm back on regular meal plan and have managed to hit the bathroom quite a few times...something that wasn't happening enough when I was at home on vacation. Definitely wasn't drinking enough water with all the visiting and on-the-go stuff.

I'm out of Keto Sticks, I'll get more soon. Seems you can order them online through Amazon and they're less expensive than the Lindora Brand. I'll keep you guys posted.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 9 - Self-Discipline

I've been on vacation back home in Upstate NY and yes, still on vacation. More entries when I get back next week.

Doing ok here, but food I need not readily available at most places. There's a health food store here so that's helped, but certainly not on a strict regimen here because of late nights, many visits, etc.

I'm in Ketosis still, but it's certainly not consistent. Sigh. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 2 - Self-Discipline

142 Pounds! "Trace" Ketosis but I've lost another pound and a half!

Happy Day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 1 - Self Discipline

So, got up this morning and it was weird not having to go to the cliinic. Still did my Keto Stick and it was "Trace."

I now have to rely on my new home scale and for what it's worth, the thing seems to have always been reading the same as the clinic.

Soooo...I'm happy to announce that my weight this morning was 143.5! I lost another pound and a half. Two BMs this morning after weight was taken. Feeling a lot less full, Mother Nature has ended and my stomach as flattened out for the first time in days. 

I'm pretty sure I'll get a lower scale reading in the morning. Plateau Meal for lunch was ok - love the Swai Fish as it's very buttery tasting.

Have a good day all!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 44 - I'm On My Own Now

This morning I'm stuck at home doing work, but I did get to the clinic at 7am. Today was the last day of my official "program" at Lindora. Still a Club Member for the next year, I have a few B12 Booster shots to get when needed, etc.

This morning my Keto level was "Trace" and my weight was at 145 even. This means I have lost a total of 14 pounds from the day I started. I have learned how to eat better, treat my body better and be patient when it comes to addictive foods. Breathe, relax, eat a fruit or veggie instead. I am a little disappointed I didn't lose at least 20 lbs while on the program, but I did have that issue with plateau...expected, I guess. This weekend, I am doing Plateau diet from Friday-Sunday in hopes that my body will kick start into some more loss. I have a small tire around my middle still, but I don't really notice it unless I'm seated...it's gross, plain and simple.

Thanks to my nurse Jennifer as well as fill-in nurses Susan and Lucia! You helped me so much, I am forever grateful.

This is me today:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 43

Well, went down another pound, but the overall weight right now I'm not happy with. I'm at yet another plateau -- when do I drop this excess ten pounds?! Ketosis back to "Trace" again after protein day? I got my booster today so hopefully that will help.

Just a frustrating morning...I'll get through it.

Back on regular menu day today.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 42

Well, last night I was craving a yogurt, looked on the package and only 11 grams of carbs - no problem! Until....

I reached for another one this morning and that's when I realized the 11 was a percent! The real carbs were 33!! Yikes! That means I went over and hit 81 carbs yesterday. I'm sick over this.

Today is Protein Day thank goodness! Hopefully, my body will be happy again. Weight went up slightly and I'm sure it was due to the accidental overload ;-(.

Well, today I'm hoping for a decent BM as well as some exercise during rehearsal for my next show in which I'm playing the Gypsy Belly Dancer in "Man of La Mancha." Thank goodness I took all those Belly Dance classes!

Have a great day all!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 41

Went to the clinic, I'm back at 145 due to Mother Nature. I guess this is natural because there is so much water retention, etc. My eating habits are still spot on and I'm taking in plenty of water.

Got the ole' B12 shot, feeling great, but just a little tired from all the performing over the weekend.

Been working since very early this morning and I'm still at it here. Tomorrow is Protein Day, I stocked up on more bars this past Friday as Lindora was having a sale. I got a new one--really like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars.

Have a great day all...today I go for my job interview for a Standardized Patient at a prominent medical school.  Very excited to be acting for Medical Students and contributing to their educational journey.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 40

Wow - Day 40?!? Hardly seems possible. 

Home from a day of working and performing. This morning my weight was back up a bit due to Mother Nature. I haven't felt good most of the day-well, at least my stomach hasn't. Blech.

Got all the stage hair washed out and enjoying a very late dinner now. Unfortunately, Sunday late Matinees throw my dinner time way off, but I still make sure I have my protein/lettuce/veggie/fruit combo. Oh! We received another standing ovation ;-).

I am planning to get to sleep here soon and start work at 4am. I have two other appointments tomorrow morning for some acting gigs, should be a lot of fun. Lindora Clinic at 7am, as usual ;-).

Hope your weekend was a fun one. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 39

This morning on my home scale I weighed in at 143. Again-doing another entry after midnight. Had barely any breaks today. 

My keto reading was at "Trace."  Finished out the day with 54 carbs and plenty of water. 

No BM since two days ago--may have to take Super Colon Cleanse again if I don't get one tomorrow. 

Well - tonight our show (The Grapes of Wrath) went well and we received another standing ovation which we all appreciate so very much. Always nice to go to sleep on a high note. 

Until tomorrow...
This is Ma Joad signing off ;-)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 38

Just got out of the clinic. Back down to 144 again - gosh I can't stand this teetering. Maybe I should date John Teeter then if could just go back to when I was 125 :-) - ha.

Booster shot was eventful - other Nurse sort of jiggles your butt to get it moving - that was different-actually hurt less when it was over.

Keto reading was "Smalll" this morning so Ketosis is improving. 

Next week will be my last week of actual program but I will go back for shots and checking in randomly as needed. Very blessed that I can simply walk here. 

It's kind of sad to think I won't see my nurse every morning at 7am ~ it's become so routine and fun watching her light up as I keep losing.  I'll still keep losing, but I'm going to be solely responsible.

Lindora Journey Day 37

This is going to be short since I'm writing it at almost midnight. I failed to post this at my usual time.

Weighed in today with weight up a bit - due to lack of another BM this morning. Keto reading was "Trace." Just got on the scale again and it's showing 143 - we'll see what the Lindora scale says tomorrow morning.

PS~Just posted my Day One pics in the Day One entry.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 36

Just left the clinic-down another half pound!! Ole' B12 shot in the arm. Started having cold symptoms yesterday - went to sleep pretty early-slept a full ten hours. Still feeling a bit cruddy but I'll survive.

Today is Protein Day.
Enjoy all that life has to give you ;-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 35

Today was my first day back to the clinic since Friday. There was a sense of relief, actually. Although I may appear to be "strong" in this blog, there are times when I want to raid the snack cupboard (I just don't talk about it). It takes a lot of strength, I assure you. So, going to Lindora gives me a sense of balance and positive motivation to keep on a' pushin!

This morning I had my measurements taken as well as got my B12 Booster, which I hadn't had since last Wednesday--hurt enough to make me uncomfortable for a little longer than usual--perhaps it was the AMP diet that caused that to hurt more than usual?

So, this morning I also got my measurements from back on August 19th when we did them. Note: They did not change since I first started the program, so here's what my starting numbers were (aka FATNESS GROSSNESS BLECH):

*Program Actual Start was August 1st
Starting Weight: 159

August 19th:
Weight: 148
Chest: 38.5
Abdomen: 34
Hip: 40
Thigh: 22.6
Waist: 35 (This is an approximation-we didn't take a true measurement)

Weight: 144
Chest: 38
Abdomen: 33
Hip: 39
Thigh: 21.5
Waist: 32

I asked my nurse for my photo of when we first started the program, she's going to give it to me tomorrow. I will post it up back on the Day #1 Entry for you all.

Well, I'm seeing results and a broken plateau...it's a good day!

I'm back to regular meal plan today.  I took Super Colon Cleanse just a bit ago as a lot of backed up stuff is still in my tummy and it's beginning to feel uncomfortable. Super Colon Cleanse is really great, gentle, works well and quickly.

Have a great day all! I'm prepping my meal plan for the day and going to steam clean the rugs, then dash off to the office and some errands. I hope your Labor Day weekend was a good one.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 34

Weighed in at 143 this morning. Still on AMP and my Protein Day is tomorrow-Ketosis Medium here we come!?!

More later - getting called away for a few.

I'm back - BM today finally - was getting a little worried. AMP today is making me antsy a bit. Tomorrow it's back to regular menu and fingers crossed it doesn't make me gain weight - that potential is scaring me. 

Otherwise, having a good day. Started work at 5:30 this morning - still at it.

Have a great Labor Day today!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 33

Scale Read this morning: 144.5!!

The AMP is working. Like I said yesterday, will continue with this today and then debating on when to go back to regular meal - Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps staying on this three days will help shock my body into loss, I'm not wanting a plateau to happen again. My gosh, my waist is so small, it's back to the size I was at 18.

Late last night, while getting my clothes ready for today, I tried on a pair of pants and even buttoning them didn't help, they were sooo big they literally fell right off me. I tried on three other pairs of pants that I probably haven't worn since 2009 and my gosh, even they were too big in the stomach/upper leg area. Clothes reinvestment is inevitable - guess I'll have to work extra hard to get some new things.

"Mom" has offered to come over and help me revamp the closet (she's a serious Fashionista) - I guess we're about due to get that done. Maybe next weekend...would be so fun! Oh-never did mention, my bra size (around) went down significantly-I was 40, now I'm 34...that disgusting back fat is disappearing.

Oh the joys of being really healthy!

God Bless everyone today on His Day! I thank Him for the strength here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 32

Well, since I'm home, I have to take advantage of my new digital scale. I'm weighing in at 145.8, so that's down another 2.5 lbs....thank goodness!! I slept a full eight hours, feeling very rested and rejuvenated. Last night our show was amazing and we got, yes, another standing ovation! A great way to end the night.

I did the plateau diet yesterday and I'm back to "Small" on the Ketosis reading. Today, I am going to take it upon myself to do the Alternative Meal Plan and see if that doesn't help further break the plateau through the weekend:

Breakfast: 2 Liquid Proteins
Lunch: Same
Mid-Day Snack: High Per-Protein Bar
Dinner: 1 Protein, 1 Veg, 1 Fruit
Evening Snack: 1 Liquid Protein

Have a good day all!
(P.S. - I miss pizza)

Wait....NO...no I don't. Blech.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Articles on Ketosis/Low-Carb Diet

The Low-Carb Diet

Lindora Journey Day 31

I call this one "The Plateau Is Killing Me!" (No suspense here!)

Went into the clinic before work this morning - 7am. Weighed in and even though I consumed the Plateau Menu yesterday, I'm up more weight. Keto reading was "Small." I guess at least that was good news?

Culprit now is definitely constipation - I tried drinking Smooth Move yesterday - nothing. Last night I took three tabs of DrFlora's Bowel Regulator before bed. It doesn't seem to work as fast as Super Colon Cleanse, which, by the way, these little packs are sold at the 99 Cent Store! I was out of Super Colon and DrFloras was in the drawer...I think I should send it back--or maybe it's just "slow" - we'll see. 

So, today I'm back on the Plateau Menu once again. I don't go back to the clinic until Tuesday due to Labor Day - had a double dose B12 shot today - no booster as I had one Wednesday and it didn't seem to do the trick either. Nurse is trying to develop some sort of alternative plan, I guess.

Oh! Yesterday I bought myself two new tops at The Hanger in Tustin (Designer Consignment Store that gives back to those in need) as it was their monthly 50% off day - no more Large, I'm down to my regular Medium-yeah! One of the shirts is a Micheal Kors ($12.50!). Now there's something to be excited about! I deserved a treat for myself :)

Have a great weekend folks...I'm looking forward to getting back on the stage this evening.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 30

UGH!! Ok, frustration setting in this morning. Again, I went up a few more ounces. Nurse put me back on plateau. Current weight: 148 - again! Why does my body love this number? I wish I knew.

So, here I am with my egg and grapefruit....luckily, I really like grapefruit so it's of no concern. I did have a protein bar yesterday so I will definitely miss my chocolate today, but it's the bigger goal I'm going after--not the chocolate.

Also to report, no BM for two days now so this could be a huge culprit. The Keto Stick actually went to "Negative" even after exercise and some time in the jacuzzi?

Overall, this whole plateau thing, albeit frustrating at times, is certainly an opportunity to learn things about my body that all these years I had been very neglectful about:

a. I need more sleep
b. I need more water
c. I must stay away from excessive carbs

Even though the weight has been stagnant for a week, I will not give up--I can see my body shrinking still...today, I put on my yoga pants -- that nasty side meat is more than half of what it was:

Have a great day all!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 29

Well, good and bad news. The bad news is that my weight didn't go down any more, actually it's up just a few ounces. I attribute this to ... I don't know!  Sort of baffled at this point I guess.  I worked 16 hours yesterday but I still managed to get eight hours of sleep. I did drink enough water, but my carb count was down by five. Maybe my body wants exactly that 55 or it rebels? I dunno.  Today is Protein Day - perhaps that will also help me.

Keto stick reading this morning: Small (at least it didn't go down!)

Because of this plateau just being so darn stubborn, my nurse has suggested two boosters a week (ouch, my butt!). She is stating that it will help with my metabolic rate and that I need to increase the exercise. I have decided to go out and walk the nature trail then go out for a dip in the pool/jacuzzi. Should be fun!

My son's off to get more college art supplies...so quiet around here, but I'm enjoying it :)

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 28

UWeight this morning.....146.8!!!

Official Lindora loss: 11.7 pounds to date.

The Plateau Plan is working, obviously. Nurse said this morning I will only need to do this again today and I should be ok. Basically, you break the plateau, you don't need to go longer on this adjustment diet than necessary. 

Ketosis reading this morning was up to "Small" and with the plateau doins' for one more day, I'm hoping I get a reading of "Medium" tomorrow, but we'll see. Left arm a little sore this morning when I received my injection, but I did have enough water.

Basically, my nurse is saying that doing the Plateau longer than necessary will not allow us to "trick" the body out of a plateau next time it's necessary.

The hot lemon water was excellent before bedtime....it's actually not a bad meal plan, although I did feel myself missing my chocolate and peanut butter protein bars yesterday -- they keep me sane.

Love to all and have a good day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 27

Got to the clinic at 7:30 this morning. Feels extremely good to have a full morning off and not be rushed. My weight, it turns out is at a plateau...a normal happening for most at their halfway point. Weight was 148.1. Keto reading was still at "Trace" and my daily B12 Injection was done.

I'm still wearing twelve extra pounds of fat. It's disgusting....I want it GONE tomorrow. So frustrating some days....but, like I said, I am motivated. Motivation, however, does not mean I ignore how gross my stomach still looks...I let myself get angry at myself and that is powerful motivation to fix the ugly.

So...how do I get out of this plateau? Well....the nurse started me on a Plateau Diet as of today:
**80 oz of Water (still)

1 Egg or Egg Substitute
1/2 Grapefruit
Any zero-carb beverage (aka black coffee)

Liquid Protein Snack

3.5 Ounces of White Fish
1/2 Cup Cooked Spinach
1 Cup Lettuce
1/2 Grapefruit

Liquid Protein Snack

Repeat Lunch

Bedtime: Cup of Hot Lemon Water

I am not sure how long I have to be on the Plateau Diet, but I'm eating Swai Fish again as the white fish portion of this diet. It's really tasty, somewhat buttery. Try it! Stater Brothers has it frozen in individual steaks, makes defrosting and cooking a snap!

Have a great day all!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 26

Yesterday I did a bit of shopping with my guy and purchased a new Taylor Digital Scale from Aki Home. Weighed myself just now: 145.5-wow! That's another two pounds gone since Friday. I wonder how this will hold up against the Lindora Scale tomorrow morning? 

Today I have to work and my show is at 4pm - going to be a "bit" busy and will try to get a walk in at some point. Keto Stick reading "Trace." Going to go after more animal proteins today for snacks. I think the Salmon really kicks it up too - thinking back, there were a few consecutive days I had Salmon and my readings were higher . Maybe I should just eat that today. Turns out it has a lot more protein than other fish. If anyone has suggestions of other animal proteins on the higher protein level side, would love to hear.

Well, until tomorrow morning...
Have a good day all!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 25

Well, we had opening night last night of "The Grapes of Wrath." I was relieved-rehearsals are officially done. No standing ovation but the applause was grand, nonetheless. You can see some publicity shots here if you're interested.

We had a couple blips, but overall, it was an amazing and moving show for our audience. The greatest compliment I received was from a fellow actress from DC - "I enjoyed your character the most." I got another that truly tickled me ... "Wow, how do you do that?"

Of course, compliments are flattering and mean a lot, but nothing last night after curtain meant more to me than actually getting some well-deserved sleep. Since last Saturday, between the theater and work, I clocked exactly 80 hours.

As a reward, I was actually able to sleep a full eight and a half hours last night! My body seriously needed it. I have been sleeping an average of five hours a night all this week. Keto Stick read "Trace" this morning. Over my coffee here, I've been hashing out how I can try to boost this reading. Perhaps I have to change something besides the dark leafy greens? What I found was adding Coconut Oil daily may indeed help. No carbs and it improves the body's metobolism, not to mention it's effect on hair and skin - Read more here. So, guess what? I'm now adding this to my morning coffee. One time when I was at Dallas's house, she gave me a cup of black coffee with Coconut Oil in it - I'm sure she told me of the health benefits, but it probably went in one ear and out the other - doh!

Another BM this morning (thanks Smooth Move). Got on my scale and it is reading 143 which I know is not correct. I need to seriously invest in a new scale. I may go shop for one today.

Enjoy your Saturday all...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 24

Hello Progress!!

Water intake was about 70oz yesterday (got too busy at work) and carb count was dead on at 55 for the day - yeah!  OH! ~Smooth Move worked a miracle yesterday afternoon :) I need to thank the makers of that product...think I'll do that today.

I went to the grocery store after work and got more dark, leafy greens and oranges. I think both helped with the Ketosis as the reading this morning was between "Trace" and "Small." We'll see what the weekend brings with this change. I have spinach in this mix, which I didn't before and I think this may be a big help, but we shall see.

Weight this morning was 147 - still have 12 more pounds to lose to get to the goal weight of 135. Since I've now lost 12 pounds easily, seems that the next three weeks should be a breeze. Weight Maintenance is something I've been thinking about since I'm halfway through the program. Tonight, my play "The Grapes of Wrath" opens....since I will have some more personal time now, I need to read that chapter in my Lean for Life book (Maintenance).

Received my usual Friday B12 Booster this morning, butt was hurting a bit about an hour after, had to get up and move around a bit. I do look forward to Fridays as it seems that I feel so much more energized and ready to take on tasks. The week and all the work kept me a little "down" in the energy department. But, if you know me, I'm tenacious and I don't let "tired" ever stop me from anything. 

Let's GO!!
"The Program Half-Way Mark"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arthur Boorman: An Amazing Transformation

Just Watch...

Lindora Journey Day 23

This morning my Keto Stick read "Neutral" for sure. I am not sure what is going on with my state of Ketosis, but I am pretty convinced now that it is lack of sleep. I haven't been able to get much. My carbs went back up to 52 yesterday. I tried to get to my exact mark of 55, but by bedtime I was beat. All I can say is thank goodness for the B12 shots, without them I'd really be dragging.

Bowel movements are irregular-haven't had one for two days now. I did take in my 80oz of water yesterday, so I think I have a lot of retention. I drank some Smooth Move last night in hopes it will work by mid-morning.

At weigh-in this morning, I had lost only an ounce.

Have a good day everyone :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 22

Today I got to the clinic at 7am as usual. Weighed in and I'm up a half pound. Why? Hard to figure. I can only assume, again, it's not enough water. I need to keep cups at both ends of the stage during rehearsal I guess. I think my mind plays tricks on me ..... such as, if I drink water at all, of course I'll feel the need to go to the bathroom during my stage time. I need to comb over the script and see where/when I "could" use the bathroom in case of an emergency or something.

Keto stick this morning was down to "Trace" and that wasn't very good news either. Yesterday's carb count was down to 39, should be at 55 so, small failure there too.

More water, more focused monitoring of the carb counts - need to plan the day's foods, which I'm going to do today while it's a little slow here at work. I wish I could find a way to go for a walk during lunch...I'm going to try if other things don't get in my way again.

Just have to stay positive and keep plugging away!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lindora Journey - The Yes and No



Thank you Lindora for helping me get closer and closer to my YES.

Lindora Journey Day 21

Well, between being overly busy with work and rehearsing, it's preventing me from drinking enough water and this morning I am really perturbed at myself. Weighed in at the same weight as yesterday - ugh. Gotta drink more water, dangit...find a way! Oh and two of my friends (and neighbors) are starting the program - so happy for them!

The good news is, however, that I had my measurements taken today and I have lost an inch and a half just about everywhere! This morning I was stopped by a coworker that wanted to tell me he noticed I had lost weight and I'm starting to look like a teenager. So sweet of him and that sure made my morning!

Keto stick was "Small" still. Today is my protien day...more water, more protein. I'm going to kick up this thing so I (hopefully) have a "Medium" reading tomorrow. I'm a little worried, enough Fiber (I think) and no bowel movement for a couple days. Going to get some Smooth Move Tea in tonight.

Have a great day everyone...drink your water!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 20

Today I went into the Lindora Clinic and I had indeed lost two more pounds. I'm now down to 148 - yippee!!

The one thing I failed on this morning was doing my Keto Stick, (whoops-forgot due to waking up late and was in a fog-ola!) so I guess I'll have to do it tonight. I've been so busy at work today I've not been able to get down as much water today, but I'm trying to catch up now since it's slowing down.

Rehearsal tonight, but I've got time to grab a healthy dinner beforehand. I just may treat myself to Native Foods and a Tempeh Bowl...still undecided.

Have a great day all.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 19

This morning I got on the scale and it read two pounds lighter than Friday. I guess we'll see what the Lindora scale will bring at 7am tomorrow.

Today was a long day at rehearsal for "The Grapes of Wrath" and I was hot and sweaty most of the day--a good thing I guess. A lot of walking and working things out on stage gave me a lot of exercise, that's for sure!

Daily foods did not go as scheduled, I ate my lunch for dinner since I couldn't really eat most of the afternoon. I did have protein snacks, but still...

Keto stick this morning was either "Trace" or "Small" - I couldn't tell.

Oh I want that medium reading back again so badly.

Until tomorrow....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 18

Wow I'm getting to bed late again. When I was weighed this morning I had bounced up a half pound. I cannot figure it out. Nothing with eating has changed. I think it "could" have something to do with irregularity or maybe not enough water? Keto stick still at "Small" but I wish it would jump to medium. Gotta figure out how to make that happen.

Anyway, got my B12/B6/BComplex Booster in the butt-yeeeowch. Fridays are a love/hate when it comes to the booster. 

Meals all planned for the rest of the weekend.

Goodnight and pleasant dreams...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 17

Well, I got some better sleep last night, I was out around midnight vs. 1:30 - ugh. Anyway, got to the clinic this morning with the report that I didn't go over my 52 planned carbs - yeah! B12 Injection was painless today.

GOOD NEWS! I'm now down another pound!! So, that's now a total of 8.5 pounds lost after that crazy fluctuation I had.

Today, carbs will again be back at 55 for the day. Some variety foods planned, including 1/2 cup of Papaya :) Yum!

Enjoy your day...my energy is back up, so happy about that!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 16

This morning my Keto reading was "small" and my weight was still the same. Fifty-two carbs are planned for today to balance me out. Nothing more to note this morning except I feel pretty darn tired, even after having my B12 shot. Need more sleep and bowel movements are off again. Gotta fix this, will talk with the nurse about more fiber. Tonight, I'm going to try and get a cup of Smooth Move inside me before bedtime. Rehearsals for my new play are kicking my butt right now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 15

Got to the clinic in the afternoon after appointments. Like I said yesterday, today is a Protein Day, so that's been a blessing with the running about-easy grab and go foods every two hours. Praise to all the convenience, Lindora! I have never felt hungry on your plan!

I have been told by the nurse that we weigh more in the mid afternoon, so I'm guessing I may have been lighter at 7am but we'll never know. So, got weighed, had my B12 shot and am on the fast track again! Keto stick still reading small (which the nurse tells me is very good) and I'm now down eight pounds! 

Whooo hoooo!

Now to eat a little tuna and go off and finish errands for work. 

Have a great day all! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Special Thanks to My Readers!!

I was just thrilled to see this! There are readers in all these countries...Wow! Thanks for being here and I do hope you are gaining knowledge and being inspired here to eat and think all things healthy. Please do leave a comment from time to time, it would be nice to hear from you folks - I'd be thrilled if you did.

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Lindora Journey Day 14

Went in bright and early this morning to the Lindora Clinic - 7am to be exact. I was afraid with the carb overage I'd be doomed and I was right. Couple this with not enough sleep and I'm back to the same weight I was on Friday. Frustrating, but nurse says don't get discouraged and I'm not. Nurse gave me my B-12 injection this morning and a one-page handout with a speech from Blanche Devereaux (now that was random). Haven't read it yet, but I love that my nurse loves actors! I am so curious as to what this is, but I'm waiting until my lunch break to read it so I have no distractions.

Keto stick reading still at small, so that's good news.

As I stated yesterday, all of today's meals have already been planned out - I will be at 52 carbs today, three under my normal day. I also went down a little yesterday just to be safe.

Have a great day all!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 13

Well, yesterday I didn't keep well enough track of my intake and I was over by 20 carbs....UGH that was a bad mistake. Now I'm understanding why the nurse is so adamant about you filling out the week in advance. Plan every meal - lesson learned. Although a little challenging for me, I'm going to get this week's filled out at work tomorrow. Monday's meals are already planned out.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 12

Nothing major to report-it's Saturday so no clinic today. I'm currently having dinner - shrimp, chicken and veggies - yum! Lots of water today. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 11

Got into the clinic later than usual today. Weight stayed the same due to not enough water yesterday-too much work being the culprit. Got my weekly B12 Booster in the butt-blech. My ketone stick reading also went back to "Small"-nurse said "Don't be overly concerned about it, just make it up today." So, yeah, I'm on my second gallon of water now....

Happeeeee Friday! (See what I did there)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 10

Side Meat - just a harsh reality view of the actual bulge. Will take another pic in a week. 

I'm down another pound and had my B12 shot. Got through yesterday's "protein only" diet day. All going super and Keto Stick this morning read "Medium!" Booyah!!

Went to the Lindora Main Store and got some more healthy snacks today - yum!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 9

So I got this last night.  I'm using this app in conjunction with Lindora to stay focused and keep a running record that will remind me not to eat stupidly ever again!

Just left the Nurse - I'm down another pound!! Today is Protein Day - protein every two hours - nothing but protein so help me God ;-)

Have a great day everyone!

Lindora Journey Day 8

Keto reading was still at "Small" this morning. Hopped outta bed and met with my nurse...got my B12 shot in the butt - oh fun.

Oh....had a pretty good bowel movement (last night) finally - was getting a little worried. I see the 15mg of Fiber is actually doing what it should.

Took in my Lean for Life Book (for her review) with all my recorded foods from the weekend. One thing I "failed" on is missing two protein snacks on Saturday because I didn't feel hungry. That was the wrong thing to do, I have to eat it anyway. Lesson learned, moving on.

And....I got on the scale - I've lost 5.5 pounds so far! Nurse said I'm above average with the loss thusfar-whoo hoo-proud of my willpower :)

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 7

So, I slept in until 9:30am today, really needed it. Diet going well and for lunch we had some great Mackerel, Cucumber and Tomato Slices and Apricots. After that, went on a shopping trip with Mom (while the guys did some Voice Over work) looking for new undergarments and next month after my weight loss we're revamping my closet together--can't wait!

For dinner Dave took me, Mom and Papa to Tokyo Table where I had an amazing Sashimi Salad w/Albacore and Salmon and a side of Grilled Shishito Peppers. Drank a ton of water too, was so good!

I am still missing cookies and cakes but what I'm learning about the food I should be eating is making me not want them in the long run...at least, in very disciplined moderation down the road.

Hope your Sunday went well too!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 6

Well, this morning I used my first Ketone Urine Analysis stick and it only showed me at the "Small" level but we'll see what tomorrow brings. 

Not much to mention other than the diet plan is keeping me satisfied so far. Urinating frequently, bowel movements are farther between, but I feel great and still have plenty of energy.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 5

Just left my nurse - got my B12 Booster and my new diet to start tomorrow.  I will be on an average of 875 calories/65 carbs a day. I'm now also taking fiber gummies 3x a day - 5g per dose - along with the other daily supplements.
And .....
I've lost FOUR pounds!! Feelin' super!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lindora Journey Day 4

Went into my regular nurse today at the Rite Aid Clinic. We went over recommended supplements. So, now I'm also on Omega3 and Potassium twice a day. I'm already also taking a multi-vitamin. I got my first B12 shot - painless and I do feel an energy boost.

Day #2 of "Protein Only" going pretty well, no cravings. I did take in 80 oz of water yesterday - pee much?!? I have to drink 80 oz every day-guess I better get used to this. 

Oh and yeah-I'm down two pounds ;-)

Lindora Journey Day 3

Just left the Lindora Clinic where I saw the nurse practitioner, Lisa. She was truly lovely and went over everything on my bloodwork report. Seems my cholesterol is a teenie bit high, but nothing that won't come down over the course of the diet.

This morning I start my three-day protien diet...here's breakfast:

80 ounces of water and all the protein a girl could want - every two hours like clockwork ... this should get interesting.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Lindora Journey ... Day 2

Well, some of you might find this next entry a bit "gross" but, I'm here to be REAL 'bout this diet, ya'll!

Yesterday was an easy day adjusting to the three square meals diet full of goodness and whole foods. I am back to taking vitamins and drinking a lot more water than I'm used to. I hate it, seems like I'm drowning myself and it takes a LOT of time to consume so much, but I'm getting better. I don't know...seems like stops in life for more water have always seemed to be a interruption of stuff I'd rather be doing, like reading the news or educating myself on more plays and films, etc. 

So, about 10:15 last night I had a 20 minute bowel movement. I felt sick to my stomach like I was going to throw up. Eating poorly caught up to me. The cleansing felt like it was coming from way up in my intestines..I was sort of shocked, but still not the least bit surprised. I would get up and be right back down again. Mind you, I had not drank any fiber yet...crazy, right? So, I drank one of the Lindora Fiber Iced Teas (you mix it with water) right after that. I figured, ok, by morning this should kick in too and I'll be completely cleaned out. Well, nothin' happened yet and it's now noon.

So....today is day #2. I went over to the clinic to see my nurse and she plotted out my next three days of the protein only diet. I get to eat some decent things like a hard boiled egg, chicken, turkey, protein bars, etc. To answer your question....nope, nothing but protein, fiber drinks and 80 oz of water (minimum).

They got another $70 out of me for supplements, but, in all honesty, they're much lower in calories, higher in protein and lower in carbs than anything I could find in the store ... and believe me, "this" detail girl looked.

Oh gosh, had my picture taken today too. I'm told I "may" be part of their marketing, we'll see. Wouldn't that be awesome! I would really like to be a light for someone else, that's for sure!

Until tomorrow....I'm on my last "enjoy it all day" (within reason)

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Lindora Journey Begins....Day 1

Friday, I went in and had my bloodwork done and got the Lean for Life book and some handouts about Ketogenic diet and such.

This morning, Monday, I went for formal education with my nurse and she instructed me that I must start the Prep Day 1 Meal Plan today and keep that through Wednesday. I will be going back in the morning to report what I've eaten today. I was also given my Daily Action Plan Journal to start recording my diet and exercise.

Current Weight: 155
BMI: 24

I'm "just" on that cusp of being overweight. This is where panic mode should really set in for all of us .... we'd surely have a much healthier and leaner population.

Here's those Day #1 pics I promised you...(Posted 9/4/14)


Friday, July 25, 2014


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Lindora: Leaving All The Previous Blog Posts Alone - But Here's an Update!

So, being that it's just too tough to get up to LA and actually work out with Dallas (even though that was always the goal), I've come to realize I need daily "close" discipline for myself. 

So, after seeing two people I know basically lose a whole person, (Ryan and Diann) I decided to take the plunge and go to Lindora.  I have 20 lbs to lose. I broke....dangit, I broke my own desire to lose. I guess this is the honest way to put it. Work became more important....paying off bills became more important. 

The good news is that my credit score is now through the roof! The bad news is my body has paid the price.

So, I went in to the Lindora Clinic this morning and had my bloodwork done and a full checklist of things that I'm about to embark on. I have my physical with the Doctor on Wednesday morning and shortly after that I will start my program with the B12 shots and all. 

The day the program ends will be somewhere around October 3rd. 
My current weight is 155. There, I said it. Piggie need rescue for good!

Today is my first real day off in about two weeks and I've got a pile to go through on my desk, but I just wanted to prepare you readers for what will be DAILY entries in order to help myself stay focused. I hope you'll enjoy the journey with me. This will be the last few days of eating whatever I want and I was instructed to do just that....eat whatever you want to prepare your body for your new diet.

So...here we go....are you ready to embark on this exciting Lindora adventure with me?

Norma Jean~Lean for Life
(Who's currently munching on peanuts for some reason)