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    Journal - Fourth Quarter 1999  

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

October thru December 1999:

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  

December 1999:

December 31, 1999:
Happy New Year folks! 1999 was one of the best years of my life - the one in which low-carbing changed everything. I wish the same for each of you reading this page. Happy New Year; Happy New Decade; Happy New Century; and of course Happy New Millennium! (85 lb lost as of today!)

December 24, 1999:
Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for being a part of my success this year. I hope Santa brings each of you what you want most!

December 19, 1999: My son and daughter-in-law came up for a couple of days to do our Christmas early and it was quite lovely. Everyone got gifts they were happy with, but I was most assuredly blessed in every way. I was with the people I love; I have been able to lose weight with a diet that lets me eat superb food (and I've lost 83 lb now!); and I got gorgeous diamond earrings from my DH this year. We also were blessed to be able to get the car I've wanted for so long (our gift to each other) - a 2000 Buick LeSabre Limited with all the options (I'm an "options freak"!) Richard also got me the Howard Miller grandfather clock I've wanted since I was 18. It looks so gorgeous in the front room of the new house. I don't know what more I could ask for! I'm probably the happiest right now I have ever been in my life.

December 8, 1999: As usual - very little time. I'm juggling a lot right now... Christmas - gifts to buy and wrap, company coming, a heavy end-of-year workload and still more unpacking at the new house. Down 78 lb now - and it's "evil-hormone-week", so that ain't bad. I'm going to try to schedule ways to keep my diary and other personal tasks more structured in the coming new year. Well, time will tell how I'll do at that. Oh, by the way, Thanksgiving dinner was superb and totally low-carb! When making my low-carb cranberry sauce (the jellied kind), it occurred to me that it would be cute to pour it into an empty tin can to "set" in the fridge. It was neat. Came out "can shaped" like the old days [grin]. This was actually much tastier than the canned sugared stuff, though. (The recipe is in our recipe section here.)

November 1999:

November 24, 1999: Just a quick entry since it's the day before Thanksgiving and between the holidays, shopping, the move, and work I barely have time to sleep! Weight loss is at 75 lb now. My wedding ring keeps falling off as my fingers have become pretty slender. I love little "boosts" like that!

I've ordered in an assortment of the new super-low-carb Splenda sweetened candies and have learned how to use them to keep my urge for sweets feeling satisfied. The hard candies I keep in a little dish by my work computer and several times a day, I take one and eat it slowly.. it's a great treat. I love the lemon ones the best, don't care for any of the "mints" - they taste like cough drops to me. :( The soft-chews I keep in a bowl on a kitchen shelf - a little less "in reach." I probably grab one a day as I breeze through there. The Chocolate bars (which are delicious enough I stopped making my own chocolate!) I have one square of every other night after dinner. It seems to be just the right amount for me. These are pretty generous squares. The labels for all these candies say they are 0 carb, but figuring their ingredients, I have estimated them to actually be 0.82 carbs for the hard candies, 0.95 carbs for the soft ones, and 0.15 carbs for a square of the chocolate. Low enough not to worry about for the most part, but high enough that you can't sit down and eat 20 candies.

Between the recipes we've all been sharing for low-carb pastas and breads (and the great low carb Keto Bread Mix - my favorite), and now the candies and treats, it surely does not feel like a diet. In fact, I don't think I've ever eaten this well.

Well, I'm off to make a pumpkin pie for tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

November 8, 1999: I seem to be spending all my time either working, getting things ready for the new house, or working on the info, news and recipes for this site. No time to actually sit down and write in this journal. So - let's see, what's been happening... in the last 2 1/2 weeks I've only lost another 2 lbs ( 72 lb total loss now ). The slowness is driving me crazy. I have to admit, when the losing gets this slow it starts to get frustrating. But of course since the alternative is going back to "fat" (and tired, sick and miserable), there's no chance that any frustration would drive me to cheat. I have to keep telling myself it's going to take as long as it takes. I have been reading that plateaus and slow-downs are sometimes caused by stressors in our lives and this is such a crazy time for me that that could be it also. Of course at any other year in my life, the approaching holidays would have been a time of weight gain. Wow.. I have a lot to be grateful for (so stop bitching, Lora.. .)
Come to think of it, since this is a month for giving thanks (and things will be so hectic right at Thanksgiving I will probably forget), I think I'll take a few minutes right now to remind myself of what I am grateful for:
My wonderful husband - he has been such a strength and support to me through this. He eats every low-carb meal I put before him, and tries each of my "test" recipes (aka "experiments.") He gave up sugar and white flour completely and doesn't ask that anything "illegal" for me be kept in the house. But he always left it my decision and my control.. he loves me fat or thin, when I've been weak or strong, stupid or smart.

My career. It allows me both flexibility and the ability to spend my days doing something I love.

My son (who's pretty terrific) and his amazing luck with finding a perfect young woman to call his wife and his abilities that have driven his career forward.

My spirituality and the journey it continues to take me on.

The amazing influence my parents had on me.. I never realized it of course until they were gone but a part of them is with me everyday.

Robert C. Atkins, MD who showed me the way and saved my life - quite literally.

My dear friends - especially Terri - who listens when I can't stop talking!

All of you - my site's visitors - who write me, encourage me, share your stories and challenge me to do more.
October 1999:

October 21, 1999: Since my last entry - two weeks ago - I've only lost 1 more pound (70 lb total loss now). So I've been on the plateau from hell ! Grrrrrr.... I actually finally broke it this morning (probably why I am just now posting.) I have been in Ketosis all along, but yesterday the sticks starting turning a very very deep purple (no, I didn't change my usual eating patterns) and I just started losing again. I feel like it might have been hormonal since I had excessive premenstrual symptoms this month and have had trouble sleeping. Also, I guess I have to face the fact that the weight loss is going to slow down now that I've come so far.
I'm already planning out my Thanksgiving Dinner and how I will prepare it all to be scrumptious and still low carb. I know some people splurge that day, but for me it would not be a "treat", but rather a "poison." Since Turkey has no carbs, and I've learned to make a superb gravy with only 1 carb per serving, I only have the side dishes to worry about. I've posted a Pumpkin Pie recipe that I tried out a couple of weeks ago and both my husband and I adored it! I have a few excellent recipes for LC stuffing, but Life Services say they'll be introducing an LC stuffing to die for shortly, so I'm going to wait to test theirs before deciding. Ditto on the mashed "potatoes." Everything else should be a breeze. Guess I should make a special page specifically for "Thanksgiving Planning." I need more hours in the day! :)

October 5, 1999: The weight loss has slowed down - a bit depressing until I stop and realize how far I have come. This morning I am at a 69 lb total loss. I really want to get to that 75 lb mark! It seems like such a landmark goal to me. :) Of course the most important thing is my absolute conviction that I am a dieting success now. It's hard to get past that feeling that surely you'll fail since you've failed so many times in the past.

I can see that my life is in a time of flux and change right now.. appropriate as we approach the millennium. My son is married, it's just my husband and myself now. My parents - sadly - are now both gone. We are looking at moving now also. We have been in this house for nearly 9 years and we agree it's time for a change. I can really sense this crossroads in my life.