Sunday, April 6, 2014

Harsh Winter = Weight Gain... Here's What I'm Doing About It

Okay, as pretty much all of you know we had a very rough, very cold, very snowy winter. As a result most of us just wanted to stay warm and eat comfort foods. I'm one of them. I'm also one who can't stick to any exercise program, or diet, so I've got some pounds to loose. I've tried everything--save having the fat sucked out of my body. I've tried the Low Fat diet... it really doesn't work. And you know the pill ads where they claim you'll loose lots of weight. Sure, and then once you quit them, you gain it back and more. I've tried the shakes--same thing. I lost the weight, but I'm not willing to keep on buying the shakes. And the more popular shakes on the shelves, but they don't keep me satisfied. So, I gave up.

But now I've gotten to the point where I can't stand being this heavy, so I've decided to do something I know works. It worked for me before when I tried it. Atkins. 
Atkins Diet plans-follow my links

It worked for me back in 2003/04 when I tried this. I watched the weight shed from me in a matter of a few weeks to a month and into the next month. I got rid of 20 extra pounds and I felt great! But, back then, I didn't have the actual diet plan. I had a recipe book, and in the beginning pages it told basically how to do it, but not enough details for me to know when and how to add more carbs, and certain foods I could eat.

But now that I can go on-line, I've found the actual phases--there's 4 (the 4th one you stay on for life), and I know I can follow this easier than before. Especially since they now have the snack bars, candy, drinks, and frozen meals (although I can't think of why I'd need to buy any frozen meals, as I can make my own salads, breakfasts and dinners).

I think you've seen the ads with Sharon Osborn, and they're funny, but effective. I tried this back when people really thought you were nuts for not accepting a bun with your hamburger. I got criticism from family, but they couldn't deny I lost weight and kept it off for a while, but slipped back because I didn't have the full plan, which you need in order to follow it until you've shed the pounds and can move on through each phase.

In Phase One you have to make sure to keep your carbohydrate intake to 20--no more than 22, and no less than 18. You will have 3 meals, and 2 snacks a day. Never starve yourself, o go more than 3-4 hours without eating. If you want, you can break it up to 5-6 meals a day. You don't want yourself to become ravenously hungry. One of the things that I noticed with the low-fat diet, I was always hungry. Even if I consumed protein, I understand why they say that fats keep you feeling full. You need to have 12-15 carbs of "foundation vegetables". Nearly all of the carbs will come from the vegetables, and some from cheese and certain other products. Meat has none. Some cheese has none, but you do have to check labels.

Although you can eat eggs, and I will eat eggs, I'm going to substitute with "Egg Beaters" for the no cholesterol. And bacon is soooo expensive and greasy, I'll see if I can't use turkey bacon--but not the low-fat. You are not encouraged to use low-fat anything in this diet. There's the danger of lurking carbs inside such things. Any time they make a low-fat something, they add stuff in that maybe you shouldn't eat (like more sodium).

I've ordered my "starter kit" which includes three bars, but I have to wait for them, so I bought a box and I'm going to see how well these work for me. I need something to get me through my 4-hour shift driving a bus. Later on, in May, I'll have a 6-hour shift and I'll have to know how these bars and the drinks will work.

Like I've said, I've tried other ways to loose, but nothing really worked. The Atkins diet is something you can go on, work to get your metabolism back on track, and then gradually, over time, add a few more carbs, but you'll probably never eat bread again--which I can do with out. And so can my husband who has trouble with gluten.

Water is something you need to drink anyway, and 8 glasses of 8 oz. is what you need anyway. But you can substitute with a few cups of tea or coffee, and other drinks, but not fruit drinks. I've found a great tasting sparkling drink called ICE, it has no calories, and no carbs and they have plenty of flavors to choose from. I can't have any alcohol in this first phase, which is fine, and so I'll drink this instead.

Milk: I'm going to try almond milk. The carbs in milk are high, and when you only have 22 carbs to work with, you need to really cut out some things. Ketchup and dressings you really have to watch the carbs. I've settled on a couple, and believe it or not, Ranch dressing is very low in carbs so I can have that on salads, or for dipping.

I'm going to start this seriously in another week. I'll let you know how I do.
Have a great week, guys!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Achievements, Big and Small

My huge afghan is finished! It is on the bed and it's beautiful. Sorry, I don't have any way of posting a picture. But it is big enough to fit well over the sides of the queen bed, and probably cover a king--I haven't measured it yet.

My husband was determined to get a drippy faucet to stop dripping and it wound up him having to replace it. That took a couple of days, a new faucet, and lots of bruises, scratches and one burn from a light bulb, but he did it! No drips! There were places that were dripping underneath and he got those at the turn-off valve. I was proud of him. He didn't give up on it. Now we have a working sink--had to wash our hands in tub and I used an old basin to wash my face in.

We've got rain today, and some thunder as well. That's real different. Gonna rain next few days, and be wet and nasty. But, hey, it's not snow, so I don't care. Besides, the grass needs it to grow and become green so my husband can begin his other job out here at the forest preserve, and get off that stupid bus.

I'm still working on edits of this up-coming book, Vampire Caprice, and so I'm busy as ever. If you haven't seen me at your blog, that's why. I just don't have time to be hopping from blog to blog, or be on facebook much. I don't to blog hops because it takes up too much of my valuable time. Sure, it would be nice to get people to stop by and make comments on my posts, but I'd have to do the same thing, and wait for my slow Internet to bring up those people's windows. You have no idea how slow dial up is unless you're stuck with it like I am. I simply can't do the blog hops. It would take me hours away from what I need to do, and that's write.

Working on the book is more important to me. And I have two this year to work on, so I'm not going to waste my time doing any excessive blogging. I like to concentrate on the important things, and the book is important. People are waiting for it and I'm going to get it out by the end of this month. That's the plan, any way. And then I need to work on the ending of Dhampir Legacy.

Well, I've gotta get ready to get out there in this mess and drive the transit bus, deal with the weather. At least it isn't snow--that slows you down, but you still have to be careful of stupid drivers.

Thanks for stopping by. I don't know when I'll post again.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dear Anonymous... Kiss my Bumper Sticker, Pleeeeze!

This is a rant, of course, to all of you out there who not only stop by and leave a comment--some are nice, of course--and then tell me to come by and check out your blog. I know your name is not "Anonymous". Whenever any of us bloggers sees this "Anonymous" it's a red flag that you have no Blogger id. Got it?

If you think you are being clever by leaving a comment and you do not have any other name other than "Anonymous", you're wasting your time. Please don't bother leaving a comment. My spammer works really well, it comes to my email, and it never sees the light of day on my blog unless I okay it. It will not be published unless I press "publish" after reading it in my email.

In most cases the one who has posted has left their blog's link in hopes to have you come over to check it out. The posts are usually ads for something. Are you getting paid for being annoying? Because that's all you are. You're not only "Anonymous" but "Annoying". Possibly this is what should come up--"Annoying" instead of "Anonymous" whenever you leave a comment.

This morning, just out of curiosity, I went to check this one out since it had Dr. Oz's name linked to it--yeah, I really didn't think that Dr. Oz had come to read my blog and left a nice message--so I had to find out where it came from. Sure thing it was a link to an ad for weight loss help. The Carcinia Cabogia sort of tipped me off since I've heard about it on radio ads a lot lately. I knew that Dr. Oz wouldn't have time to come an read my blog, so I wasn't fooled in the least bit.

Right. So, if you are one of these ANNOYING NON-HUMANS who are leaving these messages on my blogs,
I normally hit delete as soon as I see it in my mail box w/o opening it up. Compredre? Don't waste my time or yours.

In other things:
I've a little bit of carpal tunnel going on, and I'm about to finish up this Mother of all Granny Afghans. I hope this weekend so I can hunker down on the edits of this fourth book. I've had one beta reader say that the ending was a bit blah. I may have to have some input by any of you. I'll post it. But later on.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Yep. I've got Spring Fever. You know when you can't wait until you feel a warm breeze, instead of an icy cold one, or the thought of not having to wear a winter coat, or maybe looking out your window and NOT SEEING ANY FRIGGING SNOW!

Yesterday we did have a 50 degree reading. That was nice. And my husband and I went and climbed on top of one of the remaining snow drifts in the yard. It is still at least 3 feet deep, I kid you not! There are still piles of it in our driveway, and in parking lots in town and along the ditches. I've pinpointed the date on which we will no longer see any bit of snow and that will be April 8th. We'll see if I'm correct. I've said all winter long it won't be until April when you won't see this snow on the ground. We've got some cold days still, with 30's for highs and lows down under the freezing point. But it will happen. We've been seeing all sorts of spring heralding birds in our yard or flying overhead. The sandhill cranes came through a few days ago, and they like to head back to Kansas or Nebraska to the larger birding/wildlife areas where no one is allowed inside--not even "dog walkers" or people who would disturb the nesting areas.

I'm still trying to finish this huge granny square afghan. I need to finish it because the yard work will take me outside and I won't have time for much else. I needn't tell you that this winter was extremely hard on all of us. And a body wanted "comfort food" in excess. Even my husband tells me he knows he will have a hard time getting back into shape. Me, I'm thinking of going back on the Adtkin's diet. I lost a lot of weight fast the last time I did this. I saw the pounds just drop off in a matter of over-night. That was years ago, before they had the snack bars and frozen foods.

And my edits are just sitting there waiting for me to get back to them. I'm blaming Spring Fever on not being able to attend to this. I've got the crochet bug bad, I guess. Every new pattern (well, every other) I see I want to try. It's crazy.

This one was something I found and wanted the pattern. Well they didn't offer it. Instead the crafter offered a lucky winner to win a free pattern. Screw that. I've crocheted since I was a teenager, I could see how this pattern went together. It's pretty straight forward.

It begins with your magic circle (chain 4, slip stitch in first chain, and chain 3-counts as first double crochet in the first row). You make 16 dc's in the magic circle (remember that the first ch-3 is one dc). Row 2 is ch 3, then 3 dcs after this, chain 5. you make four dc's chain 5 around, and join with a slip stitch. Row 3: ch 3, dc in each dc, then in the chain 5 you made on last row, make 2 dc's, chain 4 this time, 2 dcs in the chain, dc in each dc--around. You're going to do this through the fifth row, same pattern, only you reduce the chains until you get to row 5, and you have only 2 chains at the corner. Easy. I worked on this with a really thin green yarn and used a size F hook. I'm actually going to keep going on the square, as there wasn't that much yarn left on this ball, and thought I'd just make it as however large as I can.

Since I'm going to make this a quick post I'll direct any of you who are into crocheting to this page. If you have not signed up to Laying It All Out, and you'd like to, go for it. You will find lots of free patterns, some you can down load as ebooks and such. It's what had had me going cross-eyed lately, with all the great patterns. More than I'll have time to work on in whatever's left of my lifetime.

Well, I should go to work on those edits. I'll have to try and get something done today on that!