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It's a new year and it's time.

Although I've always enjoyed being active, I've also struggled with weight all of my adult life. I'm excited to be on the recovery from major illness and at a place where I can start getting active again after several years of low mobility.

I'm ready to apply what I learned to find that recovery path to also get fit and to a healthy weight. I CAN do this. Friends to share support and motivation welcome!

Member Since: 1/4/2015

Fitness Minutes: 5,564

My Goals:
Get fit and to a healthy weight so my outside reflects a happy, confident, centered inside.

Nearer Term:
Lose 10
Lose 20
Join ONEderland
Walk a 5k
Overweight BMI (191)
Wear regular sizes

Healthy BMI (159)
Lose 88 (140)
Run at least 5k

My Program:
Track food to low end of calorie range with focus on carbs. Focus on unprocessed meats, veggies, quality fats, and a little fruit

Aim for 10k steps a day

Deliberate cardio with walking and cycling

Light ST 3 days a week alternating arms, legs, and core

Drink at least 80 oz of water a day

Avoid food after 7 pm

Mediate at least 1 hr/wk

Personal Information:
I go by Leia.

I'm 45, 5'7", and coming down from a high weight of 228. My goal is healthy and fit, I don't know what weight that be for me. I'm setting 140, within my Healthy BMI Range, to start.

Married to an awesome guy with two kids, ages 6 and 14. I do computer-based freelance work mostly from home.

Other Information:
It's your road, and yours alone. others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. --Rumi

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  • v GIGGIN

    I take it you have been so busy working out and cooking healthy food that you have had no time to post.....

    1985 days ago
    Hello Leia. I'm Esther and pleased to meet you. Welcome to Meditation and Mindfulness.
    1986 days ago

    good evening Leia!

    beautiful background to your page & the color scheme is so relaxing!

    2003 days ago
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! Have a wonderful weekend.
    2009 days ago
  • v BRIAEL
    Thanks for the goodie and your kind comment. Re the breakout, this is not uncommon with low carb keto dieting. As the fat cells are burned they release estrogen as well. In some people when the fat cell is emptied of fat and estrogen it will fill with water rather than collapsing back to the smaller size. This is why you will see "whooshes" occasionally on the scale.

    Periodically I go through breakouts after 5 months of being keto-adapted. I notice that it's more common when I lose weight off the butt and thighs though, as these are traditionally my storage points (being pear-shaped).

    Sorry to hear about all the allergies, but hopefully your body will recover while in keto and you will lose the stark reaction and they will become sensitivities rather than outright allergies.

    If you use protein powders or shakes at all, do read the labels very carefully as many producers are now gravitating towards a whey/casein blend or a soy/whey/casein blend and if you're intolerant it will certainly not be pleasant.

    Was your egg allergy tracked to albumin? If so, you should be ok with yolks as a protein source if you are very good at separation. Some people have issues with the raw white, not the cooked. May be worth some trial and error as eggs are one of the best natural food sources you can get.

    The other breakout cause could be artificial sugars in low carb foods. The conventional acesulfame K and sucralose (brand name Splenda) are great for caloric replacement but not great options as a sweetener. Many of the polyols (sugar alcohols) are problematic with carb-sensitive folks so you could try the stevia or the xylitol powders and see how you fare with those. Aspartame is a big no-no, it spikes blood sugar and causes a fairly rapid insulin response. This is not good for low carbing as the ideal is to keep your blood sugar level stable rather than the insulin forcing bio-available glucose into fat storage.

    Are you LCHFing on a specific diet plan or doing it alone with nutritional advice from a doctor/clinic?

    Limited food choices make any nutritional program boring, but you have to become adept at finding ways around it.

    Have you looked at some of GNC's 100% whey powders? These can be mixed with ground flax meal (a pseudo flour) and used as a coat on meats. You can make some pita-esque breads with flax meal, too. Take a look at Bob's Red Mill products (if you aren't gluten sensitive - and they even have some for it) and see the range of flour/meal available. I have just stocked up on coconut flour as hubby loves his pancakes and waffles and most protein powders do not make good ones.

    Are you using beans as a protein or eliminating them because of higher carb count? Assume you're avoiding peas, carrots and corn for the same reason.

    Do you make cauliflower rice at all? That introduces another dimension and opens up the ethnic cuisines to help allay boredom. There are miracle noodles if you're a spaghetti-lover. Not sure if you eat tofu but it's not as bad as it once was.

    Hope these ideas help! :)


    2012 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/4/2015 7:14:21 PM
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