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Sunday, September 21, 2014

I was so nervous about flying because of the whole water retention issue. I just didn't want anything interfering with my precious grasp on onderland. I don't know if I should credit this awesome bit of news to eating low carb or to getting under 200lbs. I had no water retention issues this time. I stayed at the Fairmont Millenium Park Hotel in Chicago, Fairmont promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides a lot of healthy options on their room service menu and they provide a scale in each room. I nervously weighed myself after check in and was only 2lbs up but I was fully dressed, I had already worked out, eaten breakfast and lunch and had a bunch of water so that was a normal fluctuation. I was elated but didn't celebrate too soon, I waited until the next morning and weighed myself again, weighed in at the same weight as before I left home! Awesome sauce!!! I even started my monthly while I was there and only had the usually 1 lb jump. Same result on my flight home, no water retention. This is great, usually, I could count on a 5-8lb water weight gain when I fly which tended to hang around for about a week or so before disappearing overnight. I do like this much better. I wonder though if it is on account of getting to a much lower weight or because of the low carb eating.

  
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DOVESEYES 9/21/2014 8:43PM

    Low carb is working for you obviously great work.

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ADARKARA 9/21/2014 7:23PM

    That's so awesome! Keep up the great work!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/21/2014 6:48PM

    WOW, that's great! Never heard of a hotel that had scales in the rooms...I have a small travel scale that I take.

Congrats on not having the usual water retention, that's got to make you feel more comfortable.

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SPEDED2 9/21/2014 6:04PM

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ELRIDDICK 9/21/2014 3:00PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Low Carb, flying and water retention

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sooo, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch but so far it looks like water retention is a minimum. I don't know if that's a result of eating low-carb or a great side benefit of having lost so much weight. Maybe it's a combination of the two. My feet aren't swollen and 20-30 lbs ago they were swollen when I flew to the same city I'm in now. Those of you who have been following along since last year know that I used to retain water like a champ even if my flight lasted 10 minutes.

For those of you with low-carb experience, did you find that eating low-carb alleviated any air travel related boating and water retention/edema?

  
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Traveling low-carb

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm on the road this week. Well technically just flying to places but you know what I mean. So far I've done well by approximating my usual home meals at restuarants so no bread with meals, salads with protein for lunch and protein and veggie sides for dinner. I almost had a boo-boo tonight. Ordered a gin and tonic and found it to be sickenly sweet, went back to the bar and asked the bartender to see the tonic bottle, 33 grams of sugar per serving so I quickly ditched the drink and ordered a vodka with seltzer. Can't lie, I'm a little tipsy as I write this, low carbing and alcohol don't work that well together, alcohol goes straight to your liver.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 9/18/2014 2:00AM

    Wow, I'm proud of how you are able to "approximate" how you eat at home when you are on the road. This definitely is very hard for me, and I need to keep your example in mind! WTG.

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DOVESEYES 9/17/2014 8:17PM

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GRANDMABABA 9/17/2014 8:15PM

    Sounds like your plan is going pretty well. Great success to you!

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DEE1221 9/17/2014 7:58PM

    Enjoy your little "tipsy time". Hehehe

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Psssst, who am I kidding, hey peep ONEDERLAND BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

1 year and 8 months since I started, I've arrived at a major milestone, the coveted onderland!
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Each sweat drenched workout emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and each meal eaten in moderation has been totally worth it! emoticon .

I am excited but I'm not done, so now is the time to rededicate myself and double down on my commitments to myself. My sessions with my trainer will run out soon but I'm reupping for another 20-30 sessions. During our measurement time for last month, he asked me how much farther I intended to go. I told him my goal was 140 lbs, he doesn't think I have another 60 lbs to lose, he thinks I should set a goal for 160. I told him that the number was not important at all, I was interested in getting to a size that I like, feel comfortable at and that I can maintain with some work but don't have to train like I'm ramping up to an olympics. I don't know where that size is but I will know when I get there. In the meanwhile, I'll keep my goals where I have them.

Now on the party!!!
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and you know they say it didn't happen if there are no pictures, so here's proof:


I love my scale, the displays continues for a full 30 seconds after you step off which give me time to snap a picture without adding the weight of the phone to the number!!

Time for more celebration:
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MSBEKANATOR 9/16/2014 12:46PM

    This is awesome!!!!!

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MSBEKANATOR 9/16/2014 12:44PM

    This is awesome!!!!!

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MSBEKANATOR 9/16/2014 12:43PM

    This is awesome!!!!!

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Your hard work and dedication are paying off! Good for you!!

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NETGYRL 9/13/2014 1:54PM

    Congrats!! Onederland!!!

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    Congratulations on reaching Onderland! emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 9/13/2014 8:25AM

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amazing job!! way to push through ALL the challenges and get to where you are today!!!
congrats!!!!!

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WENDYANNE61 9/13/2014 4:46AM

    What a (w)onederful accomplishment! Keep on doing more of the same and the pounds will keep on dropping off! Your daughter must be proud to have such a determined mom emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 9/13/2014 3:25AM

    First off, I love that the emoticon's and emoticon's were part of your Onederland celebration!! emoticon

I love what you said about being excited but that you aren't done! I can't lie to you, even though I always know that I'm not done losing weight, I have found it really easy to get comfortable in the 180's. People may not understand how I could be comfy in the 180's, but the thing is, when you are 200 pounds your entire adult life as I was, being under 200 can make you feel like a million bucks... which is fine but we just gotta remember that it's not done. I have to say, I have been as low as 181 and the 90 pounds down was great, but nothing excited me as much as Onederland... with that said i'm pretty sure our goal weight will blow Onederland out of the water.

Enough about me... let's talk about you! You are fabulous and I am so glad that you are in Onederland with me! It is a great place to be and you have EARNED IT! You did the work, the very hard work and now you are reaping the rewards! I have no doubt you will keep on widdling yourself down til you find the weight you chose to be. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 9/12/2014 7:55PM

    Awesome work and with great goals ahead you will do it!!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/12/2014 5:32PM

    Congrats - that is fantastic!

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ICEDEMETER 9/12/2014 5:07PM

    Major KUDOS!

You should be sooooo proud of yourself!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/12/2014 3:15PM

    GREAT JOB! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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ADARKARA 9/12/2014 1:30PM

    That is so awesome!!!!!!!! Welcome to ONEDERLAND!!!!!!!!

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August (and Low-carb) Evaluation, September Goals

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Last month was pretty good in terms of measurable results although the weight loss doesn't reflect that, more later. Here's a recap of July's goals:

August goals:

Weight- 6-8 lbs. I want my weight to start with a 1 next month!
measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduce body fat by at least 1%
Nutrition- average of 1400 calories per day on a low carb diet, keeping gross carb intake at 60g or less per day
Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training. Get to 1,000 metres in 3 minutes on the rower.
Mental Health: Take a vacation day!


Results:
Weight: 1.2 lbs.

Measurements- lost 5 inches overall

Body fat: down 1% (which is just over 2lbs of body fat!)

Nutrition- 1400-1500 calories per day with the increased fat intake required for low-carb.

Fitness- I've continued to make good progress here. I haven't got the rower licked yet so it's staying in my goals. I also have been using the Arc trainer more and more which has taken time away from pursuing my rower goal.

Last month's picture is distorted for weight loss purposes, I start low-carbing a few days before my measurement day so the initial weight loss (5lbs) counted toward July. In reality, during a 30-day low-carb period, I lost just under 8 lbs which is a number I haven't hit in a while. Based on this, I'm going to give low-carb-ketogenic another 30-60 days to see how it works for me long term. If all goes well, I may continue until December.

September goals:

Weight- 6-8 lbs. I want my weight to start with a 1 next month! I know I said that last month but it's still the goal.
measurements- no exact goals- just smaller and reduce body fat by at least another 1%
Nutrition- average of 1400-1500 calories per day on a low carb diet, keeping gross carb intake at 60g or less per day
Fitness- workout 6x weekly (1hr per day), continue strength training. Get to 1,000 metres in 3 minutes on the rower.
Mental Health: Figure out my carpool!

  
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DOVESEYES 9/9/2014 6:56PM

    Low carb is working for you that is great I like how you re evaluate and then adjust to suit you. Hope September gives you that '1' woo hoo.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/9/2014 5:31PM

    I love that you have monthly measurable goals! It keeps you pushing in the right direction. Keep up the good work!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 9/9/2014 3:21PM

    Terrific accomplishments! I started the low carb thing about four weeks ago, just as an experiment. I'm not sure how sustainable it is for me long-term, but so far, so good. If you don't mind, I'm going to friend you so that I can follow your progress and see what kind of experience you have with it.

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