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!