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    Journal - First Quarter 2000  

The stories that you tell about your past shape your future.       

January thru March 2000:

All entries are organized in reverse-chronological order so the newest entry is always at the
top. (If you're reading the journal for the first time, you might wish to start where I began
(the 3rd Quarter of 1999) and go to the bottom to begin reading.

3rd Quarter 1999 4th Quarter 1999 1st Quarter 2000 2nd Quarter 2000 3rd Quarter 2000
4th Quarter 2000 1st Quarter 2001 2nd Quarter 2001 3rd Quarter 2001 4th Quarter 2001
1st Quarter 2002 2nd Quarter 2002 3rd Quarter 2002 4th Quarter 2002 1st Quarter 2003
2nd Quarter 2003 3rd Quarter 2003 4th Quarter 2003 1st Quarter 2004  

March 2000:

March 26, 2000: We've been testing recipes and doing a ton 'o cooking here this last week. Both to get new recipes tested for the site, and to get some food made up ahead of time for pre-made dinners and lunches. My dear husband has been a super help (as he usually is.) A few days ago I made a pork roast and had worked a long day so I was tired and he offered to make the "mock mashed potatoes" for me. I cannot for the life of me figure how he makes them so much better than I can, but they are so good I made a pig of myself and had 3 helpings! He makes them according to the recipe posted here, but he uses some chicken stock and cream cheese as well. He is a whiz with the food processor (better than I am) so he whips them into a consistency no one would dream are not REAL mashed potatoes. With the low-carb gravy we made, it was a heavenly meal.

The next night it was pancake testing time. We made a collection of different recipes and mixes, trying to find those we liked best and those that weren't worth the time. We had two skillets going at once and would fry, pause, eat, and start again. We came away with the conclusion that our three absolute favorites were the Low Carb French Toast, and the mixes from Keto and Ketogenics. The Keto Mix is a lighter more vanilla/pastry type pancake and the Ketogenics a more classic buttermilk variety. None of them had any "odd" taste. The ones that were big failures we threw the recipes away for - and don't worry, they're not here at the site either. :)

Then tonight we made a huge pot of fresh green beans cooked in chicken and ham stock, two pieces of fresh bacon, onion, a bit of butter and a dash of "Spike" (for those of you who don't know - Spike is a seasoning - (see my Product Spotlight page.) They were terrific. I think next time I will try making them with some diced turnips. I have found that in boiled dinners, the turnips take on the taste of the food around them and mimic little boiled potatoes really well.

Notice I am not mentioning anything about weight loss ... that's because I decided to wait a week to weigh myself so I'll stop obsessing. My clothes are feeling a bit loose again, so I am hoping that's a good sign.

March 20, 2000: Well, it's been awhile since I've written here (though I've been working hard on the rest of the site with each bit of spare time I have.) It's hard to write in the journal when there's been no weight loss and nothing new going on with me to report. Yes, it is a continuing frustration for me when the scales keep showing nothing. Damn, I hate these "lag times." My best way of getting past these times is to keep abreast of my ketone levels by checking once a day (I want to make sure no sugar has found its way into my diet) and avoid weigh-ins more often than every three days so I don't obsess. Then I just throw myself into things I enjoy so I have something else to occupy my thoughts. My husband and I have been going to lots more movies and have been planning a couple of interesting vacations for this Spring/Summer. (By the way - if you haven't seen them, both Whole Nine Yards and Erin Brockovich are really good movies!     Then there's also work. Always a busy schedule, but sometimes I am really grateful for the hectic schedule! I've also been doing some additional decorating on my home - something I always adore.

Well, hopefully my next entry will show me back on the weight loss track. (And by the way, I am estimating I still have about 35-45 lbs more I'd like to lose - the hardest part - losing the last percentage of your weight.)

February 2000:

February 29, 2000: Yippee! Hit the 90 lbs mark! Wow. Now I can't wait to get to that hundred mark. I never thought I'd be able to do this. I went out to dinner with my husband this evening and as I walked through the restaurant to our out-of-the-way table, it occurred to me how different a person I am than when I started this diet - one year ago this week. I am comfortable in my own skin now. I have tremendous energy and it's not an exaggeration to say I feel 10.. maybe even 15 years younger.

After dinner, we stopped by the grocery since I was out of some things I need to keep on hand for my low-carb cooking basics. In the dairy aisle (which adjoins the bakery aisle at my store), a woman was filling her cart with loaves of bread, Entenmann's Fat Free baked goods (filled with enough sugar to sink a battleship!), Special K, and skim milk. I waited for her to move so I could reach past and get my heavy cream and my half-n-half. Already in my cart was butter, a beef roast, a block of cheddar cheese, and full-fat-Philly. As I turned I saw her glaring at me and she visibly shook her head - nonverbally admonishing me for my atrocious choices. She was, by the way, about 60 lbs overweight. (My husband just chuckles at this kind of attitude.) When we got to the checkout, the man in front of me (an average built 35-ish man) was "shopping for his wife." The cart was filled with Lean Cuisines, Fat Free Ice Cream, and Snack-Wells. It seems as though the demise of civilization is all around me.

I was talking to my son about the people who continue to tell me this way of eating will "kill me" (destroy my kidneys, raise my cholesterol, etc, etc.) The fact that every test result I have shows my health has gone from a danger-zone to textbook perfect seems to mean nothing to them. If conventional wisdom tells them (ie the makers of the plethora of processed carb/sugar rich foods) something, it must be true. I told him the frustration is like knowing the cure for cancer and none of your friends who have it will believe or listen to you.

Well, once I get "started" (yes, I'm a crusader), it's hard to stop, so I'll close this journal for now. As I write this, it's nearly midnight and I worked a long day indeed. I'll go to bed knowing that 90 lbs of me won't be going to bed with me!  

February 5, 2000: Finally hit my 88 lbs mark. I don't know why the slowness annoys me so much now. I knew it would be like this, and that it's natural, so I guess it's just that the first 6 months of this diet really spoiled me with such amazing progress so fast. :) In three weeks I will celebrate 1 year on this diet (yes, I know I should call it "way of eating", but it takes so long to type and every time I abbreviate it to WOE, people write and ask what I'm talking about. [grin] ).

I tried making the bread machine bread (the mix from Ketogenics) for the umpteenth time last night and it never comes out right. But today, I got to thinking... well, why keep tossing the loaves that don't bake right? Why not see if you can make something with them? So tonight I sliced/broke up the bread into small cubes/bits and placed them into a square Pyrex baking dish (sprayed with PAM.) Then in a bowl, I mixed 2 beaten eggs, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp english toffee extract (yes, I'm sure that can be optional - I get it from Great American Spice Co.), and some liquid sweetener to taste. I mixed it well and set it aside while I sprinkled Splenda and Pumpkin Pie Spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg) over the bread cubes. Then I poured the liquid over top. I put thin pats of butter over the top and baked it for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. I removed it from the oven, spooned some Lucky Leaf Splenda sweetened apple topping over it and returned it to the oven for another 7-10 minutes to brown and finish. After cooling for 1/2 hour, I spooned about 4 Tbsp of this heavenly bread-pudding/apple crisp mix into a bowl and topped with a bit of very cold heavy cream (I could have made whipped cream, but the liquid appealed to me.) This dish was totally heavenly. And my calculations put my serving at about 5 grams. A surprisingly small amount is very satisfying, so I could have had less and been happy. Just wanted to share that.

January 2000:

January 24, 2000: Still on the plateau, but beginning to understand. I am running a fever and seem to be fighting a bug of some sort (I feel awful), and from what I've been able to determine, sickness is another time when the body fights to hang onto its reserves, so I guess this explains some of it. I feel all "out-of-kilter." When I woke up this morning, my Ketostix showed me as negative. I totally freaked since I had less than 10 grams yesterday (been too sick to eat much). Then this afternoon, the stick showed the darkest purple (almost black) on the scale. But still I've not dropped an ounce. :( GRRrrrr...

January 21, 2000: Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that I have been on a plateau for the last 2 1/2 weeks. I got to an 86 lb loss and have stayed there since. I have not cheated or anything, but a difficult client load has kept me from properly planning meals, so my level of Ketosis has been up and down like a yo-yo (never totally negative, but running from trace to deep purple.) The less time I devote to keeping my eating plan structured, the more likely I am to stall the losses.

The good news? Oh, yes, I did say there was good news, didn't I? I went to the license bureau today to get the permanent tags for the LeSabre and I requested "LO CARB." They were available! Can't wait to get them! The clerk commented that with the current popularity of Low Carbing, she was surprised they were available as well. Yes, it always starts a conversation wherever I go.