rivkasmom: (Otter LOL)
Well, I wasn't able to adopt Miss Lilly, she went to another home.  Tomorrow morning, I'm headed down to Portland, and I'm going to get this guy!



Look at that face!  Isn't he handsome?  <3 <3 <3

I can't wait to meet him, I've been counting the days all week. :-D
rivkasmom: (Otter LOL)
I'm 4 days behind on LJ, what did I miss?

Steamcon was full of epic win and awesomesauce.  Rivka got scared by a zombie, but the invisible flying monkeys were well under control.  Much fun was had by all, and detailed posts will follow, as soon as my brain stops spinning.

In other news, OMG THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING!  Seattle has snow.  Yay!!!

I have entirely too much work to do between now and New Years.  If you see me on LJ too much, kick me.  OK?
rivkasmom: (Default)
Walnuts are a migraine trigger.  Bummer! 

My body is SO not ready for wheat, if ever.  I had 1/4 of a whole wheat bagel yesterday, and today my belly is all swollen and gassy. :-(  Everything else I ate yesterday was pretty good as far as diet goes, so it had to be the bread.  

My weight is staying stable at around 150, give or take a pound.  I'm still hoping to drop 5 more pounds over the next few weeks.  I have to remind myself to eat, because if I don't get enough calories my metabolism will get too slow again.  I just don't get so hungry!  

I've been doing a lot more walking, and really enjoying it a lot.  I hope to keep that up, at least a few miles every other day, and then going to daily when I feel like I don't need to recuperate in between.  Fall and winter are so mild here, and the rain is so misty, that I can take an umbrella and walk the park trails almost all season long if I really want to.  

I still can't believe how fast I recovered from that lower back injury last week.  Normally I'd be down for ages, but I've bounced back quickly.

I'm sleeping really well, so I've tapered down to 1/4 of a Lunesta tablet at night.  I'm getting sleepy earlier, sleeping all night, and waking up in a good mood.  Anyone who has ever had the displeasure of dealing with me in the morning (any time before noon - and two cups of coffee) can tell you that this is nothing short of miraculous!

You know those soft cookies with the thick frosting and sprinkles on top?  I had a TINY nibble off of one, and I mean tiny like the size of a pinkie nail.  It was so sickly sweet and gross, I had to spit it out and have a huge drink of water!  I thought I was going to throw up for a second.  I can't believe I used to eat those things.  I'm cringing right now just thinking about it.  Eeeeeew!

On the other hand, Dryer's Slow Churned ice cream, with no sugar added, is total crack.  OMG LOVE!  It still has all the delicious fat, cream, egg yolks, etc. but no processed sugar or corn syrups.  They use a combination of sugar substitutes, and I cannot tell the difference at ALL.  The butter pecan flavor is to absolutely die for.  I ate a whole gallon over the course of three days.  I think that this is something that I may have to have around only for special occasions. ;-)
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Down another 1.5 pounds without even trying!  Cheese, eggs, avocado, blueberries, salmon, peaches, melon, salad dressing, baked chicken with the crispy skin on (yum!), hamburger patties, mustard - so far, no reactions. :-D

Apparently, my body is wanting to head down to 145 (only 5 more pounds to go!) so I won't have to do another round of shots unless I start gaining again.  Hopefully I won't over do it on a trigger food and mess up my metabolism.  That's really the only way that you'll gain the weight back.

Something interesting that I've learned - turkey is REALLY bad for your diet.  It's very lean and high in protein, but the tryptophan will slow down your metabolism and keep you from burning off the calories.  Who knew?

I can't wait for the 9 Days to be over, because I am in serious need of wearing my new size 12 skirts.  
rivkasmom: (Frinkle Excited)
This phase of the diet (P3) is where you stop doing the injections, and start resetting your hypothalmus.  You are basically lowering your set point to lock in your current weight.  This phase lasts about three weeks.  In this phase, you get NO starch whatsoever, no challah, not a single cracker crumb.  Watch out for starchy vegetables, too.  No processed sugar, and moderate fruit intake.  Other than that, you can eat all the meat and non-starch veggies you want, tuna, salmon, etc.  It's actually a little weird to not have the restrictions anymore.

I started adding in more calories so that I'm eventually getting (according to my weight) around 1600 to 1700 a day.  The exact amount is not important, as long as I don't gain more than two pounds over my Phase 2 lowest weight.  Most people stay stable at this weight, and a few people continue to lose weight as their metabolism shifts.  My sister lost 7 pounds on P3 without even trying.  I just lost 2.3 pounds over the weekend.

It's important to get out and get some exercise, if you haven't been doing it by now.  I've started trying to do more yardwork and housework at the very least, and weather permitting I try to go for a two mile walk every day.  I feel AWESOME! I'm sleeping so well that I'm going to try tapering off of my sleeping pills.  Those little buggers are expensive.

Today, I put on a skirt that just barely fit me two months ago.  I zipped it up all of the way, and it hung down on my hips.  I gave it a little tug, and it was on the floor!  The skirt literally fell off of me.  I am officially no longer a size 14.  I'm starting a pile of clothing that needs to be taken in at the waistband.  :-D  I treated myself to a trip to Goodwill to get a couple of cute size 12 skirts.  I still didn't trust that they would fit so I had to try them on.  I was so amazed when they fit perfectly.  Ironically, I also found some really gorgeous skirts that I would have loved to buy, but they were size 14!  The thrift store fates, how they mock me.

Now, I have a few weeks to decide if I want to cycle back to Phase 2 and do another round of shots for 21 days, and try to lose 10 to 15 more pounds, or do I want to just continue at 1600 calories and daily exercise and see if I can get the last few pounds off that way. If I decide to not do another round, then I go straight to Phase 4, where I slowly, SLOWLY start adding in new foods, constantly checking for weight gain, fibro pains, migraine triggers, exhaustion or IBS symptoms.  In this regard, it is exactly like a food allergy diet.  

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