Low carb is so simple they said, Eat it – you’ll like it they said – Enough Already!

Low carb is so simple they said,
Eat it – you’ll like it they said,
Don’t knock it till you try it they said,
Yada Yada Yada – Enough Already!

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Ok so my title needed a little work but it got your attention!

Before you give up on reading this post – please let me say this!  The most important thing in my life (other than God) is spending time with my family and being able to interact with them and enjoy life with them on a daily basis. If you love your family as much as I love mine then you should really think about your health!!!

I have been eating “healty-ish” for about 3 months now. Along with doing Thrive which gives me my energy and drive and makes me feel like my metabolism has been recharged, I have really reduced my Carb intake or tried to on a daily basis. I have reached a point in my life where I seriously needed to do something to improve my health. My knees, back and ankles were all jacked up which caused me to get really really lazy.

Jokingly I would say “I came in the world fat, dumb and happy and that’s the way I’m going out”! Ok so maybe I have gotten a little older and a little wiser and that just isn’t my total view of life anymore. I want to enjoy this time here on earth because this world is not my home and we should all try to have fun and enjoy it while we are here.

Ever since I was little, I have loved food (a curse I have since passed onto my daughter – of all three of my children, she had to be the one).  Anyways, I can remember visiting my Grandma and as soon as we walked in the door, we all headed straight for the Refrigerator because Grandma always had something special in there for us. Mom was a great cook and she and my sister taught me how to cook at an early age. Fried Egg sandwiches were my favorite back then.

As I got older, I ventured into other venues and tried my hand at more gourmet styles and traditional recipes and I found what I loved more than anything and that was cooking. Cooking gave me a sense of worth and accomplishment, it gave me satisfaction and just plain made me feel good. So as you can see – my love of food runs deep. No wonder why I have always struggled to maintain……….  ( I make a mean Carolina Barbecue).

Fast forward to 2017 and up until three months ago, I had gotten really out of shape. I had seriously put on some much Un-wan-ted extra weight and I was just dragging both feet in the sand. I mean it was bad! Anyways, I had the chance to visit with my sister in person one day and I saw her for like the first time in 4 months and she was about half the size that she used to be. Now Brenda is about 5 years older than me and she was the one that I always listened to growing up. She was the “Big Sister” and looked out after us boys so we really didn’t have a choice in the matter – but whatever.  So I’m looking at my sister and I finally had to ask – how did you do it? How did you lose all that weight? Brenda looked at me and said – It was no big deal – I just switched to Low Carb. – Wait What?  YEAH RIGHT!

She said when eating low carb you eat until satisfied of the following whole natural foods:  meat, chicken, fish, eggs, full fat dairy (if tolerated), nuts, and all above ground veggies.  You can even add berries and low card RediWhip if you want a sweet treat.  Brenda had cut her Carb intake to below 50 carbs per day. Stay away from Bread, Pasta, Rice, Sugar, Soft Drinks and Root Vegetables.

So now I am on my third month of my Thrive/Low Carb routine and I have to say WOW – This Really Works for me! There is plenty of food for me to eat and I have lost a total of 35 pounds, and several inches from my waist. My feet, ankles and knees are not swollen as bad anymore and I don’t hurt all over like I used to. I can actually move around better. I have all the energy I need and I don’t have the urges to eat like I used to. I am still getting what my body need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I can actually burn away unwanted pounds that I don’t want! Yay for me I know.

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But Now I have to add – what have you got to lose??? For me this is the real deal! This is the Truth! I am not trying to sell you anything, I am not trying to influence you politically or spiritually. I am simply saying that this worked for me and I urge you to just give it a try.

 Now I say –
Low carb is so simple
Eat it – you’ll like it
Don’t knock it till you try it

 

Here are some examples of what I eat now.

Low Carb Snacks and Foods:

Frozen Shrimp sautéed in butter and Garlic

Pork Skins with Pimento Cheese on top

Diced up Peaches with a dollop of flavored Cream Cheese and Rediwhip

Low Carb Tortilla roll ups (Ham, Cheese, Chicken Salad, etc.)

Pork Skins broken up as Croutons

Chef Salads.

Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese mixed in.

Cottage Cheese with diced Onions – salt and pepper added

Broccoli and Cheese

Loaded Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Grilled Steak and Chicken

Lightly breaded Shrimp and Flounder

Peanut Butter Pork Skins

All Vegetables (except Root Veggies).

 

The trick for me is trying to stay between 30 and 50 carbs per day. Don’t be too strict on yourself, it’s ok to reward yourself every once in a while. Have fun with it.

 

Still don’t believe me – I am sure that my fellow Low Carber Carla over at https://barbellsnbites.com/2017/04/11/10-things-i-love-about-low-carb/ could possibly change your mind!!!!!  ( Sorry about the cheesy plug there Carla  – LOL).

Searching…… reaching…… empty handed?

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Over the course of the last 2 weeks, I have struggled for something to write about. Sure, I have many thoughts and ideas throughout my day but nothing that I truly want to write about that would reflect my true feelings, emotions and nature. I guess what I am looking for is something with “meat on its bones”. (Speaking of Meat – I love to cook for those of you who do not know). Unlike some of the great Authors here on WordPress, I find myself wanting to write and express myself but when I have a chance to sit down and write something, I draw a blank – so freaking frustrating!

So I have decided to set up camp and leave this up for the day, go about my normal routine and see what comes to mind – a few lines at a time. Sound Fun?? Well we shall see! (speaking of camp – I really need to finish my “to-do” list on my RV so that I can go camping).

First off – it’s not as easy as it sounds. I walk away to do something and my mind wanders back to this page – back to my un-thoughts, because as soon as I sit down, I lose it. I have so much in this life to be thankful for, so much love, happiness and blessings that I can write about, I just can’t bring them to the forefront. I am starting to get a bit worried about this actually – does this mean that I am coming down with depression, has my life gotten so mundane and routine? I am going to force myself to find inspiration. Not that I need inspiration to live my life….. (speaking of inspiration, do you know that God loves you?).

Eureka – I have found my inspiration. A worthy cause to invest my time and energy in. I have the greatest idea of all times. At least for this minute……. So now I must bid this post adieu and say  – Empty Handed? – I think not!

Don’t give up! Keep the positive flowing – fight the good fight – and keep writing!sword

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LIFESTYLE……..

Lifestyle………

A new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. 05/05/2017

Today the topic for the one word prompt is Lifestyle. I don’t usually chime in on these by writing but today I felt that the stars lined up just right and I had an inspiration.

Today marks the 4th week of my full-time Thrive Journey. For those of you who are not aware of what Thrive or Le-Vel is, let me just say this. It is an “all Natural, Plant Based Pure Clean Energy supplement” and whole nutrition that your body desperately needs! Plain and simple.

No this is not a plug for Le-Vel or Thrive but these products along with my decision to slightly modify my eating habits and carb intake has resulted in a marked weight reduction by 30 pounds in 6 weeks. So to say the least – this is my official notice to myself of my Lifestyle change.

All my life I have struggled with my weight. (One of the many traits inherited from my Mothers’ side of the family), I have always joked that “I came into this world Fat, Dumb and Happy and that’s the way I’m going out” but I am starting to have second thoughts on that. Not saying that I don’t carry my weight well but I am not sloppy looking either. Looking back at my life as a whole, there has always been so much that I have missed out on because I had always been very self-conscious about my weight and never wanted to put myself out there in such a position where it would be noticed more than what it already was. Only fluffy heavier people know what I am talking about – lol The Struggle is real!!!

So over the past few weeks, I have noticed my energy level skyrocket, which in turn makes me more active, (I could always talk myself out of doing something for one reason or another). I found myself making healthier choices and my focus was intense. I actually have a sharper, clearer minded view of my life and what I want to accomplish. My family has also noticed a significant change in my physical and emotional appearance. I have never been one to weigh myself and I don’t think I want to start either. But I will say that I have noticed that my clothes are not fitting anymore. I have gone down in sizes and have had to start wearing a belt all the time now. So my Lifestyle has changed and I really feel good about where it is headed. Looking forward to many more days of these little changes that make up the big picture.

A New Experience……

 

 

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So I have to start this post by saying it takes a lot to impress me. After all I have seen and done in my life – I know failure and disappointment but I also know success and achievement.

Back in October of last year, I was introduced to a product line of Supplements by a great friend of mine Kristen from all the way over in Pennsylvania. Her and her Husband had been involved with this product for a few years and they truly believe in these products.  So as with any new product that has potential I was skeptical. I had asked all of the usual suspect questions of Who, What, Where, When, Why and How and I got all of my questions answered but they added this….. What have you got to lose? Here, I have a sample for you at no cost – try it and let me know what you think. That’s It! That’s all I got – No pressure, no sales pitches, just honest opinions on what it had done for them.

Now comes my turn – What I did was take a capsule, drink a protein shake for breakfast and I put on a patch – that’s it. My energy level went up and I had no hunger issues most of the day until that evening. By the end of the day, I looked back and realized actually how much I had gotten done throughout my day. I didn’t get a buzz nor did I feel like I was jumping out of my skin with energy but I felt energized and just overall felt really good. Over the course of that time as each day went on. I felt incredible – energized and focused. I actually had some mental clarity and I was truly focused. I did not need to take naps or even get sleepy throughout the day. When nighttime came, I really didn’t want to go to bed but I knew I needed some sleep so I went to bed about 11pm. I woke up the next morning at 6am with energy and I felt very well rested – something that I had not felt in a long time.

WellbeingOk, so I had a couple of good days, that’s not uncommon I thought and said let me continue this and see how it goes. As it turns out, it went great. I had full-time energy, I was able to maintain my appetite and my legs were not as swollen and tired feeling. Now, most people who know me know that I have bad knees and ankles, (all my years running after the Bad Guys I guess)

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but I have been taking high level pain medications and anti-inflammatories for quite some time now – years  in fact. I have been going to Pain Management to help with the pain and I am scheduled to have double knee replacement in the near future.

As indicated by their websiteThis product starts with three (3) simple steps to start your day:

First there is the Capsules – formulated for everybody – it is a premium grade formula of Vitamins, Minerals, Plant Extracts, Anti-oxidants, Enzymes, probiotics, and Amino Acids. It helps you with weight management, cognitive performance, and supports healthy joint function. It also calms general discomfort, and provides antioxidant support, lean muscle support, digestive & immune support.

Next is the meal replacement shake – This mix was perfectly designed to complement the Capsules and the Patch. The blend of Vitamins, Minerals, Plant Extracts, Anti-oxidants, Enzymes, Probiotics, and Amino Acids is the first and only Ultra-Premium Mix ever developed. This helps you to develop lean muscle support, weight management and acts as a meal replacement plus they are also Gluten Free (I tried one shake in the morning and one for lunch. Then I had a regular dinner meal).

Finally, there is the Patch. It is a technology driven breakthrough in Health, Wellness, and Weight Management. This type of delivery system is the first of its kind and was designed to infuse the skin with their unique, premium grade formula different from the Capsules or the Shake. Taken in conjunction the Patch promotes clean and healthy weight management and an overall healthy lifestyle. People following this plan will experience premium results, unrivaled in regards to Weight Management, Health, Wellness, and Fitness. This Patch helps you with weight management, mental acuity, and supports appetite management and it also supports energy & circulation and increased bioavailability.

That’s all you have to do each and every day – One capsule in the morning, followed by your morning shake and put your patch on – trust me, it’s that easy.

I have given it the true honest test and I have to say that I am truly impressed. So much so that I have become a promoter and really believe in the benefits of these products. It’s all natural and healthy for you too. It’s not a weight loss miracle, nor is it a cure or medicine for any ailments or diseases. It is simply all natural healthy ingredients that your body and mind needs on a daily basis which causes everything to work at a peak Performance.

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I have all of the information that you need for these products so you won’t have to rely solely on my thoughts and opinions. I can direct you to Facebook, YouTube and the company website where you can find everything that you want to know about these great products. Plus I will encourage you to talk to other people who have tried these products and get their opinions for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

I wrote this article to share and explain my Experience – my individual results – and my personal feelings. Now I have written all of that to say this – What have you got to lose? Just try the product and give it your honest opinion and see for yourself what it can do for you. If you are interested – I can help you get started.

Oh and by the way over the past 6 weeks, I have lost a total of 26 pounds.