Wednesday, June 29, 2005

My husband will have a fit if he reads this... LOL

I have had 3 cups of coffee, a can of tuna, and some almonds today.

I'm also downing water like mad!

That's it. But, in truth, I'm really not that hungry. I know it's not very nutritionally sound, I really do, but it's hot and eating just isn't that appealing when it's hot. Maybe I'm weird.

Still hoping to shed a couple of pounds before the weekend... I haven't weighed on my scale because I haven't been home. Maybe I'll have some good news Friday morning!

I've been making some changes to this blog - I've added some resources over on the side...

Did a 45 minute workout on the Total Gym, not sure if I am going to mess with the Gazelle or not... I may take a swim later.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

My PCOS Update

The GAD and panic attacks seem to have subsided. The 10mg of Lexapro is leveling things out nicely. I don't know what I would have done without it. I was fairly certain that I was losing my mind there for a while. It also amazes me that this is another symptom that is attributed to PCOS. The majority of women with PCOS also have some form of anxiety, depression or both.

It's been about 5 months since I've had a normal cycle. I know I have too much testosterone or androgen hormone. I started taking a natural estrogen supplement and using progesterone cream. It's only been a couple of weeks, but I do feel more mellow, in a good way.

I found a website online that deals with women with PCOS it's very informative and they have a treatment with herbs, vitamins, diet, etc. that is supposed to relieve if not completely obliterate all the symptoms. I was impressed because it was an OB/GYN (female) that had a hand in developing this treatment. The problem is that it's nearly $200 for a 60 day supply. They have gotten good results (according to testmonials on the website), but to me, that price is kind of ridiculous for vitamins. I don't know... I may change my mind and try it out eventually... but for now, I'll do my own thing and see what happens.

After listening to the crap Tom Cruise has been spewing into any camera that will focus on him, I've decided - he's an idiot. The guy can barely put a sentence together and when he manages to - he continues to repeat it because it's obviously the only one in his aresenal at the time. How many times did he tell Matt Lauer that he had "researched the history of psychiatry?" Several. For him to say there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance... is lunacy... apparently he's never dealt with it personally.

It has taken so long for women to get PCOS recognized by their doctors and there have been generations of women who have suffered needlessly. Unfortunately, we still have a LONG way to go. Two of the (male) doctors I went to didn't even recognize the symptoms, worse yet, the one who diagnosed me with PCOS acted as if it were nothing.

One thing I find strange is that I can go for weeks without craving carbs, sugar, alcohol, etc. But every once in a while, I will have a day (like yesterday) when I absolutely cannot resist or stop it. It's a little frustrating because I naturally want to beat myself up for "blowing my diet" and then I have to stop and remind myself that I am not on a diet, I'm making lifestyle changes because I am insulin resistent.

Good grief.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Interesting URL

Found a great website with all sorts of diet related calculators... really interesting stuff!

Good Intentions?

I decided this week that I would try to shave off an additional 2 (or more if possible) pounds so that it would put me just below my goal weight for the 4th of July. So far, it's not looking so good.

I've worked out on the Total Gym (45 minutes) for the last 3 days. I've increased my water intake and up until last night and today - I've stuck to my diet plan.

Last night my husband's mom came over and we made Bahama Mamas (pineapple juice, malibu rum, and a splash of grenadine). We had a REALLY good time... and I woke up this morning with just a smidgen of a hang-over. My husband and I had lunch together and I stopped and picked up Wendy's.

For the last two (+) months anytime I go to a fast food place I always order the bun-less burger and a salad with low-carb friendly dressing. Today, I stuck with the salad (still staying away from french fries) but I didn't order the low-carb burger... I just ordered a double classic, salad, and iced tea. Ugh.

Considering that was all I had eaten up until that point... I wasn't doing THAT bad. Until I was on my way home and drove my Krispy Kreme. I fell in love with Krispy Kreme when I was pregnant with my daughter (who is now 18 mos. old). For some reason today they just looked SO good that it was impossible to pass up.

Needless to say, Maggie and I had a couple of doughnuts on the way home today...

I'm trying not to beat myself up. But, I am going to throw in another workout today. Might as well burn it while I can.


Friday, June 24, 2005

Slipping Off The Wagon...

Well, I'm holding on by my fingernails. Sorta. The scale was dipping down to 164 for a couple of days... I've really slacked off on the exercising, partially due to heat and partially due to what feels like non-stop running around. I feel like we have been on the go since school let out. Then, I came down with a sinus infection that I am just starting to get over and that makes it almost impossible to exercise. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses... I know.

Anyway, screwed up today and went to Arby's where I not only had a roast beef sandwich WITH the bun... but I ate a few fries as well.

Did I mention I am also incredibly nervous because my kids are in flight cross-country as I am writing this?

Geez. Well, no more... tomorrow, I am back on the exercise track! NO excuses!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Sugar-Free Candies

I admit, I am addicted to chocolate, I love the stuff and I do refuse to live without it. Unfortunately, what I have found is that the majority of sugar-free chocolate products out there absolutely stink! They do! The chocolate doesn't taste right, it doesn't taste REAL. But, there are a few that I really enjoy...

Russell Stover's Sugar-Free Mint Patties are WAAAAAY better than the sugar-free Hershey York Peppermint Patties!

And... the sugar-free Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - taste JUST like the REAL thing! Very good!

I also like some of the candies by Sweet N Low -

  • Coconut Almond Clusters
  • Cherry Cremes
Finally, if you happen to have a Rocky Mountain Fudge Factory nearby - their sugar-free stuff is wonderful, especially the truffles and the almond clusters.

Weight Goal - 20lb loss by 07/04/2005 - I made it TWO weeks early!

Hit My 4th Of July Weight Goal - 2 Weeks Early!

I haven't posted in a bit. We were busy preparing for Father's Day. With the summer here and kids out of school I haven't been going to my mom's every day to workout. I've started working out with a Firm Workout and step (aka Fanny Lifter") that I insisted on for a birthday present a few years ago. I'm also still doing the pilates workout daily. I'm noticing a definite increase in flexibility!

We're having a bit of a stressful stretch here and I'm noticing that I tend to really crave carbs when I am stressed. I'm considering buying another batch of Cortislim because I used it in addition to the low-carb diet and exercise to drop the first 15 pounds.

Anyway, I've hit my 20 pound goal - two weeks early! I'm thrilled!

My next goal is to lose another 20 pounds by my mom's birthday - August 03!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Low-Carb Coleslaw Recipe

I hopped on the scale this morning...

Ok, let's be honest, I didn't HOP... because that might throw it all out of whack and then it might say something I wouldn't like. ;o)

I was thrilled this morning! Down another pound. Of course, I was at the mall for several hours yesterday walking from one end to the other... I think that counts as exercise. At least it did for me, so I didn't do one of my workouts yesterday.

I have a confession to make as well. I am completely addicted to the Bleu Ribbon Burger at Red Robin. I started ordering it with a salad instead of fries. And, just to curb my cravings a bit, I do take a couple of bites WITH the bun on... then I take the bun off and eat the rest of it.

My husband made his "Mondo Burgers" the other night. He barbecued them and added two kinds of cheese on top (cheddar and provolone). He also made them 1/2 pound in hopes I wouldn't miss the bun. ;o) I topped mine with bleu cheese dressing, steak sauce, hot sauce, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. It was really good! Sort of my home-style version of the Bleu Ribbon Burger at Red Robin.

We're making big pitchers of iced green tea all day long now. I've read that green tea can help increase your metabolism, we've always kept it around because it is so high in antioxidants.

The entire household is beginning to decrease their sugar intake... which is great for the kids. We don't buy sodas anymore and instead opt to make our own "Italian Sodas" with mineral water or club soda and sugar-free Torani syrups. This way there is no sugar OR caffeine.

I've started making coleslaw with Splenda and it works REALLY well.


  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1-2 tbs. white vinegar
  • Splenda to taste
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 1/2 head of white cabbage
Chop cabbage to desired consistency, toss with dressing and chill.


  • Chipotle (chop it up and mix it in with dressing) to taste, makes a tasty cajun style coleslaw.
  • Package of broccoli-slaw (looks just like packaged coleslaw mix just more green and better for you too!)
  • You can also use the packaged coleslaw mix - just remember that they have carrots and typically these are a no-no on low-carb.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Not So Easy...

The weather is warming up and it is becoming more uncomfortable to workout. Not that the weather will stop me. LOL

Fell off the wagon last weekend... I had ice cream, a Long Island Ice Tea (what is it about warmer weather that just makes those SO much better?) and a small assortment of carb-filled products. By Monday morning I was up a couple of pounds and it has taken me all the way until today (Saturday) to lose the extra two (probably water weight) and knock down two more.

I'm back on track for my 4th of July goal... which was a 20 pound weight loss. It's just not easy sticking with this in the summer, especially when I am completely craving frozen yogurt, smoothies from Jamba Juice, and the dreaded banana split. I'm having a bit of a tough time with it.

Still the two pounds down definitely inspires me to stick with it all the more.

What I find most confusing is the amount of carbs in berries, yet berries are filled with antioxidants and the show "Low Carb and Lovin' It" on FoodTV has had a couple of recipes using blueberries and strawberries. Summer is tough time NOT to enjoy all the fresh produce around us and this is such a great time to indulge in berries (if they are ok on a low-carb diet).

So, I guess I'll have to research that and figure it out.