Showing posts from February, 2019

Poikiloderma of Civatte

Well, bugger. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what is going on with the skin on my neck and chest, and it isn't simple aging. Well yes, it is aging, but something else added on.

I grew up in the desert southwest, and sometimes used sunscreen. I didn't diligently start using sunscreen until I was in my late teens, although I wasn't an avid sunbather. I have strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin, so a deep golden tan just wasn't in the cards for me. But I did get my share of sunburns.

When I did start to regularly use sunscreen, I focused on my face. I really didn't pay any attention to my neck or chest. Weeeell, now I'm seeing the consequences.

My oldest son had a lacrosse tournament yesterday in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful sunny day in a gorgeous beach town, about 80 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. I was prepared...lots of sunscreen and a very wide brimmed straw sun hat, long sleeves. When we got home around 10pm last night, I took a sho…

Progress So Far...I Gained Weight!

I'm pretty discouraged right now. About a week ago I weighted in at 207, and this morning I got on the scale and I was 209. WTF? I know that my cycle and water retention can mess with the numbers a bit, but really? After a week of diligent Atkins, I gained 2 pounds???

I'm going to stick with it, but I need to really think about a plan B. I know my body is changing as I head toward peri-menopause, so maybe low carb won't be the solution as I get older. I don't know. It worked for me in the past, so I'm hoping that will still be the case. But at the same time, I don't want to spin my wheels. We'll see what happens in the coming week.


Material (Atkins) Girl

I've had "Material Girl" from Madonna stuck in my head for a couple of days. It was playing over the loudspeaker at my local Whole Foods (which typically always has '80s music blasting). They seemed to be on a Madonna kick that day.

Anyhoo, since I've had the song stuck in my head and it started to drive me bonkers, I began thinking up other lyrics for the main refrain: "Living in a Carb-Filled World, and I am a Keto Girl!" being my favorite. My favorite because that's how I'm feeling right now! That sense of deprivation is hitting me hard.

One of the cool things about Atkins recipes is that they can be adapted to satisfy both the ketogenic and non-ketogenic eaters. I saw this recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Chicken on Facebook numerous times and it looked awesome, so I made it for my family (hubby, three sons, two stepdaughters). I actually had to adapt it three ways, as my stepdaughters are vegetarians.

If you follow the recipe exac…

Kundalini Yoga

I've never liked to exercise. I know I'm far from unusual in that sentiment, but I think that changing this feeling has to be part and parcel with my mindset shake-up.

I belonged to various gyms for years (I don't currently) and always did mostly the same routines. StairMaster or elliptical machine, then weight-bearing movements. I liked the results I got (as I had a pretty good bod back then), but those gym sessions never really left me feeling as great on the inside as I looked on the outside.

After my twins were born and I was looking to regain my pre-twin body, I decided to look on Amazon for a yoga DVD. I had never legitimately tried yoga, but always wanted to. Something about the calm look on the faces of the women walking down the street to the neighborhood yoga studio, wielding their mats rolled up underneath their arms like body armor, and wearing trendy yoga gear which showed off their sinewy muscles. Yeah, I wanted to be like that!

Except that I'm not. For o…

Num Num Omelettes!

It's awesome when one of my favorite comfort foods happens to be Atkins-friendly! I had a bit of extra time this morning and found that, lo and behold, I just happened to have every ingredient of my favorite omelette in the fridge!

I discovered this omelette in a cutesy little cafe when I was in college back in the '90s. My college sweetheart and I would go to this cafe for weekend brunch when we had a little bit of extra money (which wasn't very often in those college years!) just to have this omelette.

It's fairly rustic, but the flavors are gonzo! Smoked salmon, goat cheese, and capers. That's it. So simple, but they blend together so perfectly! I sneak some fresh greens into it when I have them on hand, as I did this morning. I think I overdid it with the smoked salmon, as it was a little heavy when I went to flip it (as you can see from the photo).

What a great start to my Tuesday!

I'm Kondo-ing!

Or at least I'm getting ready to get ready to Kondo. By that, I mean I've bought the book, read the Table of Contents, and the first chapter.

I've been a lifelong clutterbug. My Mom never really cared about organizing and tidying and I never did either. My desk is always piled high with paperwork, clean unfolded laundry sits in baskets around my bedroom, and the closets...oh Lord, the closets.

However, I recently remarried. My new husband is a neat freak. I am the Oscar to his Felix. For the first time in my life, my kitchen is now spotless. Always. Cleaning, especially the kitchen, is a form of therapy to him. I've been feeling more and more guilty as we near our one year anniversary, and I'm still a disorganized mess. He's very tolerant, but I know it bugs him to see all of that unfolded laundry taking up space.

I've read testimonials from people who have claimed that the KonMari method has transformed their lives. Everything from their stress levels, rel…

Progress So Far...

So this is my first check-in. The scale told me this morning that I am now 207 pounds. I've lost 5 pounds since I started this blog at the beginning of January. I'm not going to bother posting a selfie, since 5 pounds on my 5'10" frame isn't really noticeable in photos.

As my last post proclaimed, this month has been fits and starts. If I had been firmly sticking to Atkins as planned, I know I would have lost more. But hey, 5 pounds is 5 pounds! And I'm actively working to change those thought patterns that have always seemed to sabotage me.

Fits and Starts

So January was a bit up and down. I'm still working on that mindset thing.

My main hurdle has been the sense of deprivation. I think this has actually been a huge obstacle to successful dieting for me in the past, as well. The feeling that I'm missing out on something - a "normal" dinner with my family, a piece of delicious sourdough bread, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or anything else that others are having that I "can't" - has interfered with changing my mindset.

I placed "can't" in quotes above because I've identified this as a main point that needs a big work-around in my brain. It's not that I "can't" have that buttery piece of garlic bread that everyone else at the table is sampling, but it's that I "choose not to" have it. In reality, I can stuff my face with whatever I want to. But if this is going to stick this time, a new neural pathway needs to be created in my little ol' head.

I recently pi…

So Why Atkins?

I need a drill sergeant when it comes to a diet. If any diet allows a "cheat day" or gives me an inch, I will take a mile! After a little while the diet has completely flown out the window, and I'm left feeling discouraged and down on myself.

Many, many people have had success with the Atkins Diet. It also has plenty of detractors. But I have done it before with success, and I've decided to give it another go; however, this time needs to be different. In the past when I've lost weight with Atkins, I've had initial success and then decided to "take a break". That break then becomes a great binge on refined carbs, with my mind's justification that I'm going to be back on Atkins within a short time. Then I gain a bit of weight back, then get overwhelmed with work and kids and life, and before I know it I'm back at square one.

I know this is a very common problem with dieters. It's not like I'm alone in this arena. So another part of …