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General Discussion / Hello Again.......
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:51:42 AM »
Hello's been a while.  I've checked in to the forum now and then to see how all of you are going, but didn't really take the time to post.

I think I've been depressed - you may think I should know if I've been depressed or not, but here's the thing - I don't.

It's only now that I feel like I'm coming out of a daze/haze.  Questioning myself, wondering what has happened in this last year or so and I seem to be drawing a blank.  I know I've made it through each day, seen family, interacted but haven't been quite there.  No - I'm not on drugs (or additional/new medication) and I don't drink.  Be a darn good excuse if I had been though.  Self-medication through food it seems.

And coming out of this haze I have found I have put on the weight I had lost, plus another 20.  How??? Well obviously eating...
I remember sitting on the couch a lot - never a good thing. 

It's only been a couple of weeks but  I'm dragging myself out of myself and have put my toes to the line to start my life again.   

I'm one of those people that seems to put weight on no problem, but to take it off is like....well can't think of a comparison.

So instead of concentrating too much on the pounds on/off, I am aiming for eating for health and hopefully a clear mind.   The scale is not the boss of me.  What I actually did was get a s/s chain (like for a necklace) that fits around my waist exactly.  It was actually scary when I saw how big the chain was.  I chose chain as it has no give.  Every so often I will pop it on and see how I'm going.  I did think to wear it  as a constant reminder but it gets caught in the clothes.

Here's hoping....fingers crossed.... my mind always feels much clearer when I'm eating well.

C U around  :D

Ever so easy - had a cauliflower sitting and looking at me and really didn't want caulk mash or steamed cauli or any other way I've made it.  Since its winter here (and freezing) what's better than comforting soup?

Fry some bacon and onion (in a little butter or oil).
Add approx 2 cups water with a chicken stock cube (or  2 cups chicken stock).
Cut cauli into florets (or chunks) and pop in.
Bring to boil then simmer till soft.
Vitamise to preferred texture.
Add a little cream and season to taste.

General Discussion / excuses, excuses, excuses
« on: May 09, 2015, 03:40:00 AM »
It doesn't matter the circumstances, excuses are just that. Doesn't change anything.  Life sucked and things went bad.  So here I am (not that I ever really left, was still checking the forum - my heart just wasn't in it) with the weight I lost back on and then some.  Ah well.  Life's a journey, enjoy the ride  :D

As long as I never give up trying, I will get there in the end.  The worst thing to do would be to just chuck it in.

I recommitted almost a week ago.  The thing is when I am not following this plan, I ache so much, my anxiety makes itself known and I am always eating - never satisfied, never full.

Detox isn't a big issue for me I've found.  Originally, when I first started, cravings would eat at me.  These days it feels more like an on/off button - I really think it's more to do with 'inner permission'.  Apart from a couple of minor headaches, and nausea/heartburn (which is actually my signal that I am need to eat and have left it too long) I am

That being said, you will be 'seeing' more of me around making comments to keep myself honest. 
C U later.  ;D

General Discussion / Read the Label Yourself
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:48:02 AM »
A lesson learned.  Went and visited a friend who had moved. She had bought a box of weight watchers eclairs for morning tea, she knows I'm on fts and read the label on the  box saying - blah blah blah works out at just under 6 carbs per eclair. Quite a hefty price for such small item. I just didn't feel like one at all so gave it a miss.  We were out all day and returned back there for a drink before heading home (1hr drive). I did quick calculation of my carbs for day -approx 4 and about 4 due for dinner when I got home.  I gave into the temptation. My first bite told me something was not quite 'kosher' here. 3 bites and it was gone. I got the box out of the bin - 11.4c/serving.  I don't know how my friend worked out the carbs - she got the serving size wrong.  Hope it wasn't intentional.
Should  have just read the box myself, but thought just a bit rude to go through her bin.
oh well.....just as well hadn't used to many carbs earlier in day.

General Discussion / shredded cheese
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:26:15 AM »
When you talked about your shredded cheese having carbs, I really appreciated that my cheese here in Australia didn't.  I was obviously too smug for my own good.  I picked up my usual shredded cheese that was zero carbs and low and behold guess what now has an anti-caking ingredient and is now also 1.5c/100g.  Why in the world do they do this. Change a perfectly zero carb item to one with carbs?  I only bought it occasionally to save grating my own for a change, even though it was a little bit more expensive. Gosh darn it they keep changing stuff and not for the better :(

Translation - always read the labels, no matter how many times you have bought it before.

General Discussion / bypass for obese teens
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:04:31 PM »
Just caught the tail end of 'the doctors' program where they were thinking about offering obese American teens stomach bypass ops.  I was gobsmacked.  These teens have many many years where they can modify their behaviour.  Why go straight to surgery?  Who is in charge of your medical board?  I think they need be replaced.  Bypass does not solve anything  - we all know that.

My little rant over.  Anyone agree with their possible decision?

General Discussion / happy new year
« on: January 01, 2015, 05:49:11 AM »
HAPPY NEW YEAR  one and, safe, be happy, be true to yourself  :)

General Discussion / contest time?
« on: October 25, 2014, 11:00:05 AM »
Since lots of holidays are coming up quickly Doug - is it time for a contest of some sort? We have lots new people coming on board so maybe we can entice them with one of your wonderful prizes to join in.

Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? The best beverage? Dessert? Joke?  Maybe a prize for the best suggestion for a contest...haha :D

Bear Den / boys vs girls
« on: October 25, 2014, 10:48:59 AM »
I know this is the guys go to place - but just wondering. - since last post was some time ago - don't guys have as many issues as us girls?  Or are you too shy? :)

General Discussion / almond milk
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:59:02 AM »
Supermarkets here are finally getting with it with sugarfree items. Though the advertising on the items is still questionable.  I decided to try to buy almond milk again and was happily surprised that they had a number of choices. So off I go reading labels.  My smile slowly worked into a frown. The range of carbs shocked me. I couldn't understand how you got 18  carbs/250ml. Checked the ingredients. Omg! Why oh why would they put rice syrup in almond milk???? Checked the front 'no added cane sugar' ah ha...might have been true but they didn't say it wasn't sweetened with anything else.

Read the labels! read the labels! read the labels!

Picked up can tuna in brine..hmm. Carb count went from 0.3/100g to 2.4..ingredients tuna and salt? Huh?why extra carbs? Checked can tuna in springwater - still 0.3/100g.

Read the labels! Read the labels! Read the labels!

General Discussion / coconut cream
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:08:38 AM »
I've  been using leftover coconut cream in my coffee and its tasted great. Also spoon it over my strawberries, but its got me wondering is it better or worse than normal cream. Coconut oil is good for you, is coconut cream also.
Any thoughts people?   

General Discussion / Food Is NOT An Issue
« on: September 20, 2014, 01:50:25 AM »
Food is NOT an Issue - this is what I tell myself.  So many times we concentrate so much on what we should and shouldn't eat,  we just lose all perspective.  We get so involved in weights and numbers we forget the enjoyment of eating.  And, let's face it, that is what got us here.

With all the wonderful recipes here, we can enjoy our food and it can be good for us.  We all get the hang of Doug's 'vision' eventually, we all know what we basically can and can't eat.  Proteins & Greens GOOD.  Sugar & Carbs BAD.

I remember in my younger dieting days, eating stuff I really didn't like, because (supposedly) it was good for me.  All those diet yogurts oh my! The dry cracker biscuits - bleah!  Now if I don't like it, I just won't eat it.  Beans may be green and good for you, but all the same I will give them a miss.

So I am trying to eat well and as sugarfee as I can make it, but also not making an issue out of eating low carb.

I don't know if I've explained it well - does it sound a bit convoluted?

Maybe it just boils down to DON'T OVERTHINK IT.

ps - the scales have to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Discussion / is an addict, is an addict, is an addict
« on: September 20, 2014, 01:03:13 AM »
Hello everyone, it's been a while - let's just say, life got in the way and I reverted to my default setting of comfort eating.  There's been good days and bad days.  I think I've reconciled my life, but it was touch and go for a while - lost at sea (a sea of food - well not just food, but emotions). 

I have been lurking on the forum, never quite giving up but fighting myself for control.  Honestly, if you were a junkie you just stay away from the drugs, being a carb addict there is a whole range of stuff to stay away from (even though it boils down to just one - SUGAR). 

Welcome to all the newbies, I hope you have made friends with all the long timers on the forum.  The people who have been there, done that and can help you through your journey.  They really are great and very helpful.

Let's get chatting - how has everyone been?

General Discussion / Fat to Glucose?
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:51:24 PM »
I know if you overdo your portions of protein, they eventually end up as glucose, is it the same if you overdo the fat (butter, cream, etc)?
If anyone knows, I would appreciate knowing.  Tony you are usually the wise one -

General Discussion / Glucose Test
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:46:22 PM »
hmmm...some advice please.  It seems I am well overdue for my yearly blood tests (I think I've been avoiding them - if my cholesterol is up I don't plan to take statins, why bother with the test?).  The thing is I've just gotten back on track and drinking a bottle of sugar is not going to be helpful at all.  I'm pretty sure I'm not diabetic - no symptoms.  I've had a number of these tests over the years and they are all 'boarderline' (6 or under).  So would not need take anything at this stage.  Thinking I may take the bloods, but skip the glucose.  Unsure.  Thoughts?

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