Apple Cider Vinegar

I swear I will figure this all out somehow.  Anyway, even though I was doing my burst exercises and watching my calories — sort of, I have seen a slight creep in my weight.  I gave it some thought and realized that prior I had been doing the apple cider vinegar/lemon/cinnamon cleanse thing once a day.  Then I started researching apple cider vinegar and realized I may have made a mistake by stopping this daily routine.  So, yesterday I started it again and overnight the weight started dropping off again.  What the…???

So, I did a google and got this information:  Does Apple Cider Vinegar help you lose weight?  Seems there actually is some science behind it.  I need to adjust a little and do a little drink before each meal.  I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that little packet of Truvia might help keep the drink going down.

So here’s what I’ve made the routine so far:  daily calorie restriction, 1,200 to 1,500 a day, but more towards the 1,200.  Three times a week burst training exercise.  Daily vinegar/lemon juice/cinnamon/truvia drink.  And now two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before each meal.  As a fair disclaimer — so far I am still drinking a Coke a day, the bottles that total 200 calories.  But with the vinegar I seem to be losing the craving for the Coke.  I might make real progress if I cut out the Coke!  But that’s hard when you’re a Coke-a-holic.

Let me say that I’ve tried all of this stuff before except the vinegar, but not in combination.  I’ve given up Coke for days and weeks and nothing.  I’ve exercised like a wild person every day, at one point for two hours a day and nothing.  I’ve fasted with moderate, but not enough success.  It isn’t until I started combining all these elements together that I felt like I had real hope of turning this around.

Hitting the Weight Loss Wall

Several weeks, maybe over a month ago I blogged that I was doing the 5/2 Diet which quickly became the 14 to 16 hour Fasting Diet.  I’ve been doing that ever since.  I’ve kept my caloric intake below 1500 on most days and normally around 1200 to 1300 a day.  I dropped 6 pounds wham-o.  And then, thud, I hit the wall.  Everyone knows how depressing it is to be hungry most of the day and get on the scales the next morning and not see an ounce of change in your weight.  It leads to eating cake.

Then I saw in Southern Living a new product called SeroVital which is supposed to ramp up your HGH levels which coincidentally should make you lose weight and tighten your skin and make you feel better and — well, it’s just a miracle, isn’t it?  Except it’s taking something that costs $100 a month to maintain.  I thought to myself, there has to be a better, more natural way.  Then I found Dr. Pompa.  The first video of his I watched was one on raising your HGH levels naturally through high intensity burst exercising.  Here’s a link to the video:  Weight Loss and Anti-Aging.  Exercising 10 minutes every other day — uh, I think I can do that!

So, if you watch the video you see he does a simple squat and press with weights as fast as he can for a minute or less.  Then he rests until his breath returns to somewhere near normal or 2 to 3 minutes.  Then he goes again for 3 or 4 repetitions.  I have weights, I have lots of weights.  I know how to squat and press.  I do it.  I am sweating like a pig afterwards.  A very good sign that my body is releasing toxins.  I congratulate myself on a job well done and go about my day.

I get up this morning and there it is!  I’ve lost a little over a pound.  I am now in a territory I haven’t seen in quite some time.  Nothing like success to motivate.

Fasting at Three Weeks

I managed to do the 5/2 Fasting Diet for two weeks.  By the end of the second week I realized that I was quite capable of overcoming any good I was doing myself with the fast on the days off from the fast.  My weight had dropped almost four pounds, but I could easily gain that back during the three day break.  Not wanting to yo-yo my way down the scale I did some more research. And found another fasting diet that claims to have the same benefits only better.  This is intermittent fasting on a daily basis.

I eat for six to eight hours and I fast for 18 to 16 hours.  The eating occurs in a block and the fasting occurs in a block.  For my personality and my level of discipline saying you can’t eat during these hours is easier.  I found on the 5/2 diet I was constantly trying to figure out what I was going to eat and when to get the calorie intake I could have and stave off the hunger.  On this diet if I’m hungry the answer is just bear it.   However, I’m not that hungry during my fasting time, most of which I spend sleeping.  And when I can eat, I eat whatever I want.

I have noticed that after just four days on this new regime I do consider what I’m going to eat a little more than I did in the beginning.  And I’m trying to listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry.  I don’t rush into the kitchen in the morning and start eating.  I wait until I’m hungry.  At first that made me a little panicky because I knew the clock was ticking and I wasn’t going to be able to eat after say 3:00 in the afternoon.  But now I don’t panic because I know it’s just for that evening and if I’m hungry in the morning I can eat.

I am within two pounds now of my first brick wall.  A weight that I haven’t seen the south side of for quite some time.  If things continue as they are going I should break that barrier next week.

I’m Still Alive!

I fasted yesterday, the Micheal Mosley way, but still it was a fast.  The big news is I didn’t wake up famished.  I didn’t eat until my normal time to eat and I didn’t eat a ton of breakfast, just my normal breakfast.  And I’m not finding I’ve got See-Food disease either.  You know where you see food and you eat it.

I started the day off with one scrambled egg made with a little water and two strawberries, no sugar.  That held me until around 1:30, 2:00 in the afternoon and then I ate a large salad taking my cues from the South Beach Diet.  I didn’t finish the salad.  Then I was okay, but not great until the evening at which time I had a very small piece of chicken.  I had started feeling rather lethargic so I was ready to go to bed early and knowing that once asleep I wouldn’t know I wasn’t eating I opted to go to bed early.  Then I awoke this morning knowing I had consumed somewhere over 400, but under 500 calories yesterday, right on target for what is considered a fast in the 5/2 Diet.

I jumped on the scales this morning because I could tell I was throwing off a lot of inflammation yesterday (in other words I peed a lot, sorry).  And from the last time I weighed, which was not the morning of the fast, until this morning I had lost over three pounds.  Wow!  Now, I don’t expect that three pounds to hold until I fast again on Thursday, but I don’t expect to gain it all back either.

I did learn one very important thing yesterday and that is to plan what I’m going to eat prior to the fast day.  I was a little surprised that my salad was as few calories as it was.  Had I known I was only going to get to around 250 calories with the salad I would have added in some kind of protein.  And the protein would have probably kept me feeling a little better in the evening.  Staying busy helps too.  If you stay busy you aren’t thinking about the Ritz crackers in the pantry.

So, although I’m not eager for the next fast day, I’m not going to quit.  This is doable particularly because after you get to a certain point you can cut your fast days down to one a week.

For me the main point is the loss of inflammation and belly fat.  I absolutely must give my body a rest from all the punishment I put it through.  And that sells me on this diet above all others.

I’m Fat

Yesterday my husband and I went to the first birthday of his only granddaughter/grandchild.   And in this age of immediate social media almost before we were home from the party there were pictures posted on Facebook.  And for the first time in a long time I allowed myself to really look at those pictures and say to myself, “You’re fat.  Do something.”  I was planning on doing something starting this week, but the pictures convinced me I really must start somewhere and keep going.

As a little history, I am a cancer survivor.  I had breast cancer seven, almost eight years ago.  I am also over the age of 60.  And I’ve been on hormone replacement therapy for over two decades.  But the biggest factor in this weight is I’m in a very happy marriage.  I know that sounds really silly, but I have noticed that being married to someone that really loves me and lets me be me has given me every excuse in the book to do what I want and a lot of that involves eating what I want.  I’m not blaming my husband, I’m just saying that is my reality.  It didn’t used to be so.  I was in a very sad marriage before.  My husband was hyper-critical and I was never good enough.  I worked myself to the bone.  Once that marriage ended I didn’t gain weight because I hoped at some point I would remarry and have a chance to really have a loving marriage.  And my husband, who is a widower, will tell you the same thing.  We were very trim when we started dating.

The cancer also led me to a doctor that is always on the cutting edge of what they are learning about cancer.  Annoyingly, he is on the cutting edge of what they are learning about cancer.  I keep asking him just how he plans for me to die because if I followed his advice to the letter I don’t think that would be a possibility.  Fortunately, I haven’t done that so I assume I’m right on schedule for my check-out time.  However, it’s gone past that now.  The latest thing he dropped on me was that there had been a study done recently that said that if a person cut out wheat and refined sugar five days a week their inflammation levels would drop to the point that having it for two days a week would not make a difference.

And that brings me to my point here.  My daughter recently introduced me to the 5/2 Diet.  You eat five days a week and you fast two days a week. Here is a link to Michael Mosley explaining it.  I am starting tomorrow, Monday, April 8th.

Here goes nothing!  When I get brave enough I’ll post the picture from the party and maybe in a few weeks I can also post improvement.  Nothing before this has worked, not restricted calories, not yoga, not working out daily at the gym.  So, wish me luck.  I’m not good at this.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, the Old Man is Snoring

Easter Eggs

I can hear the rain outside my window today.  I need to go get a gift for the baby shower this weekend, but I’m procrastinating because of the rain… and it is still kind of early in the day.  So, to pass the time, I’ve corrected the artwork I slapped up yesterday.  Being ever the perfectionist, I couldn’t stand it that all my drop shadows were wrong.  Well, the large majority of my drop shadows were wrong.  The light comes in from one angle and the shadow follows that angle.  And I like intense colors so I needed to increase what is known as the edge on the fill so it would go to a much deeper color within the shape.

Drop shadows have always fascinated me because they are really an optical illusion.  They make the shape pop off the page and look three-dimensional, but it is really two-dimensional.  I have limited resources on what I refer to as shaping of graphics.  I own Corel Draw, an older version.  And that has quite a bit you can do to shape things, but I find myself wanting more.  That may be something I explore in the year ahead.  I may be looking for either the updated version of Corel Draw or something else.  I used to work in Photoshop, but it is so expensive.  But Photoshop has the capability to do a little more with developing a three-dimensional looking shape.  I still have a very old version of it on my PC, but I hardly ever use it finding Corel Draw much more user friendly, at least to this user.  I cut my teeth on vector graphics and can hardly stand to use anything but.  Although, for the blog I have to convert to a bitmap.  Still, I love the crisp lines you get with vector artwork.

I have noticed that a lot of the home crafting tools like Silhouette and the like have vector based programs they run.  Which makes it that much more exciting when you are already versed in the art form. After we get into the summer I want to explore some of the various uses for a Silhouette, like “bedazzling” something.  Right now though, I need to get dressed so I can hit Hobby Lobby soon after they open.  I want to see what options are available to me for egg shapes.  I want to start creating some eggs for decoration and I’m not too sure my frugal husband could stand it if I bought 18 eggs, blew out the insides and threw them away so I could have the shells.  He might faint.

Just a tip:  I did see the other day that if you plan to keep the egg and you want it dyed that you should die it before you blow it out.  Oh?  Hummmm.

I have No Idea What is Going On

I checked my blog today because I had received notification that you people are out there and you are actually reading this.  Thank you very much!

However, I noticed that my last post does not have the sidebar of my previous posts and I have no idea why.  I’ve tried and tried to figure it out, but at this point I’m at the end of my rope.  I have curtains to make.  Yes, the never ending saga of trying to spin twenty plates at one time continues.  I think I mentioned that I’m making curtains for the dining room and living room.  Pictures will follow.  I will give you one tip I learned the hard way.  If you’re making raw silk curtains don’t set your iron on high.  I’ll explain later.  There was a near meltdown in our household.  Not the curtains, me.

So, I’ve diddled a little with my blog template and that is in flux too.  And I’ve got cookies to ice because Valentine’s Day does approach even though my calendar is not showing up in the side bar anymore.  I need to have my boxes in the mail on Monday.  Busy day ahead.

Take care and….. Bon Appetit! or some such.

P.S.  Oh!  It is over there now (the side bar).  I just don’t get this.