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Hey Marie - I know you'll understand. I was just given the opportunity to show a halter/showmanship horse all summer. Having been without a horse these last few years has almost been like being without air, so this is just incredible for me. Unfortunately this is the result of a friend having health troubles, so it's not a complete happy dance. But I can't help but be excited just to be near the horses again. I'm such a nut, I would clean stalls for free just to be near them. But, true horse people are a bit nuts, aren't we? LOL
(03-25-2012 02:48 PM)darwinlily Wrote: [ -> ]Hey Marie - I know you'll understand. I was just given the opportunity to show a halter/showmanship horse all summer. Having been without a horse these last few years has almost been like being without air, so this is just incredible for me. Unfortunately this is the result of a friend having health troubles, so it's not a complete happy dance. But I can't help but be excited just to be near the horses again. I'm such a nut, I would clean stalls for free just to be near them. But, true horse people are a bit nuts, aren't we? LOL

OH, Lily!!!CoolCoolCool That is so awesome! I am sorry for your friend's illness, but you are putting her at ease by taking care of her horse and keeping it condition and competition! I am so happy for you. Showmanship is tough competition but it sure takes your mind off everything else.

When I am out with my horse, nothing hurts, no worries, not hungry, not cold, not hot. I am so in the zone and so focused on Riley that everything else goes away. I am showing and going to clinics for the first time in several years. This is also a motivator to lose weight and get my energy levels back up.

Before DH and I got married, I told him that horses were not a passing interest. I was hooked, addicted, and would never be without a horse. I told him I loved him deeply, but this was nonnegotiable. He knew I was not kidding. Once in our 26 years, I was without a horse on the premises for about 8 months. I literally became physically ill and mentally I was a wreck. DH found Riley, the scrawniest, ugliest, out of proportion mess I'd ever seen. But, he had a kind eye and was truly geared to people. I took a chance and he grew into himself and is quite the elegant big boy now. Twalker 16.2 chestnut. I sure do understand where you are coming from!

I was on dmoffett's thread earlier and was reading his blog. I found this link and tried the recipe. The Oopsie Buns are wonderful!!! Big GrinTongue

http://yourlighterside.com/gluten-free-l...sie-rolls/

The clouds and rains are gone. Sunny and warm and heading for the barn! Wink
I can't believe I'm back to low carbing for a full week and have not had one slip! Cool I try not to think about it too much. My focus is on my classes that I am teaching at a local college (sooooo much better in every respect that teaching high school!!Wink ) getting spring chores started and of course riding and all things horses.

About two weeks ago, I went to the International Stallion Exhibition and Trade Show at Michigan State. I had underdressed for the day and wound up buying a zip-up fleece jacket. It was the biggest one they had and it was tight Sad. Boy, did I feel embarrased in front of my friends and just mad at myself. I could barely get the thing zipped, but I was freezing so I bought it. It is chilly this morning, so I put it on and zipped it up easily with nothing snug about it! CoolBig GrinCool Yeah!

Yesterday, I almost got on the scale but managed to talk myself out of it. I feel good, clothing is getting looser and the heart burn is lessening, so I don't need NO STINKIN' scale. At least that is what I keep telling myself. I have this rather set ritual that must be follwed when I weigh myself. It includes weighing first thing in the morning and being totally empty. So, I am keeping a bottle of water on my night table and I drink about half of it before I ever get out of bed!! It blows the whole process. Haha.

I rode Riley yesterday. The day was cooler and he was feeling pretty good. I was able to work through his friskiness and we had a good ride in the safety of the arena. I thought about riding him out into the pasture, but everytime I got near the open gate, he got very strong and chargy. So, I stayed in the arena. I am a decent rider but caution is part of being a decent rider.

Have a great LC day and week you all!
One week and counting! Congratulations, my friend! And I wanted to stop by and tell you I love the new avatar! I like to have faces to go along with names! I learn by association. Smile
(03-26-2012 11:47 AM)Buttoni Wrote: [ -> ]One week and counting! Congratulations, my friend! And I wanted to stop by and tell you I love the new avatar! I like to have faces to go along with names! I learn by association. Smile

Thanks, Peggy.

Several people have changed their avatars to pictures of themselves and I thought the same thing. I like seeing the folks I am chatting with. Cool It was about time for me to change it.
Glad you had a nice ride - and exercised caution haha!

One week and already in high gear - feels great, doesn't it?! Good for you!
I hope I don't lose this post Sad Yesterday, I had a pretty long one going and touched something on my laptop and it all went away. It even took me off the web site.

Yesterday was challenging with Riley. We had strong winds 20-30 sustained and gusts to who knows where. When I went to load him up to go to my lesson, he refused to load and kept watching my mare who was dancing, screaming, bucking and running because of the wind and Riley leaving. Fortunately, my son got home and helped me get the big guy in the trailer. Of course, when we got to the lesson in an indoor arena, he was Mr. Goody Four Shoes! He never acts up for the trainer. ha. After that the lesson went well.

So far so good on eating VLC. I am not tracking it, but I am eating veggies, eggs, meat and a little cheese, very little cheese. The bulgy fat pad under my ribs has decreased quite a bit. I am going to weigh on Sunday. On March 1st I weighed 187 and have told myself that I will accept anything under that number. What do I really want? Tongue 145! I was there several years ago. I think '06 or '08, and would love to be there again. That may not be possible because I am working on strength building, increasing muscle and at 145, there ain't much of me. It was pretty severe; although, I never got to the point where I used "we" or "us"; as in "they can't make us eat!" or " We aren't going to eat today."

If I am going to ride and or show this summer successfully, I have to build up my core, butt and leg muscles. It is so much more than sitting on the back of a horse.

On my way to the skin doctor today. I have a "funny" patch on the back of my hand and Lo and Behold I found another one right on the end of my nose Sad Oh Joy.

Keeping it VLC Cool


PS, Energy levels are up and I am sleeping soooo much better.
The dermatologist said that the lesions were actinic keratoses. Basically, they are all pre-cancers and we caught them early. the doctor used nitrogen to freeze them all: nose, two on my left hand and one on my right leg. It stung but not anything horrible. I am sure my nose looks pretty weird right now. Tongue

I found a note with my measurements on it from 10 months ago. I am going to wait for the date in May to remeasure to see if I am really doing better. Time to get into that exercise for sure!
I'm glad you caught those cells early! We've been through that twice with my husband, but his was deeper and he had to have it cut out. Good for you, I know you are succeeding! You've inspired me to measure and check it once a month too.

Smile Take care Cynthia!
I too am glad you caught the cells early and had them taken care of.

I'll be hiding in your barn until further notice.

I used to go out into our barn many years ago when life with hubby was hard. A chicken used to bluck bluck at all the appropriate places as I told her my woes. Miss herSad
I have been concentrating on taking responsibility for my choices and not making excuses. This is mostly in weight loss, but it is spilling over into other areas of my life. I am working on making some very positive moves all around. Choices was the big deal today.

Today DH wanted to stop at a local one owner hamburger stand that we have driven by numerous times. Nothing low carb about this place, not even a salad on the menu! Sad I ordered a mushroom swiss hamburger basket knowing I would get french fries but assuming I would get coleslaw or some type of greenery. Nope Nada Nothing. I did order lettuce, onion, tomato and mayo on the burger. No utensils, really messy, so I CHOSE to eat the meal. I paid close attention to the full signals and left 2/3 of the fries and about a 1/4 of the bun.

I am in this for the long haul. Sticky situations are going to arise. However, it isn't necessary to throw the baby out with the bath water so to speak. I didn't cave in and start eating everything in sight. Later we had a county meeting to go to. The planning commission meeting had a table full of cookies tonight, most of them home made - didn't touch any of them. So, I made several choices this evening. I chose to eat a meal that had way too many carbs to be healthy. I chose to pay attention to my "full" signals and stop eating. Can you BELIEVE I threw food in the garbage!!Cool I chose to pass on all of the cookies. I went to the table to get coffee and cookies for DH. The smell of the sugar flooded my senses. It is incredibly overwhelming when you are off sugar completely. I didn't even come close to giving in.

I hope this didn't mess up ketosis, no other carbs the rest of the day, so I will be ok.

It is all about the choices! CHOICES ARE US!!! WinkTongueCoolBig Grin
Wow Marie - good for you for not turning a tough situation into a carb spiral! I think, at least for me, that it is the hardest part of staying on plan. The Lord knows I have succumb too many times! It is inevitable that we will run into these situations in our carb mania society, having the strength to deal with them appropriately is one of the most valuable keys to success!

Wishing you much luck that the skin stays beautiful, healthy and cancer free for the long haul. All the more reason to be a healthy low carber, right?
Good for you!!! I think you did good!!



I went to mcd's yesterday and ordered a side salad and two bunless burgers, they didn't blink an eye when I asked for it that way! I made my own salad out of it. I've always just before gotten the burger as is and eaten it, but it was really easy to ask for it that way, no hassles either. I know where you were you didn't have that option, but you are right. We just pick up and move forward.

I was playing with kindle last night and can't find where to make the letters white and the background black. All I get is the brightness option?! I need to look elsewhere to find the setting.

I hope you have a good Saturday!
(03-31-2012 12:45 PM)Amethyst Wrote: [ -> ]Good for you!!! I think you did good!!



I went to mcd's yesterday and ordered a side salad and two bunless burgers, they didn't blink an eye when I asked for it that way! I made my own salad out of it. I've always just before gotten the burger as is and eaten it, but it was really easy to ask for it that way, no hassles either. I know where you were you didn't have that option, but you are right. We just pick up and move forward.

I was playing with kindle last night and can't find where to make the letters white and the background black. All I get is the brightness option?! I need to look elsewhere to find the setting.

I hope you have a good Saturday!

Thanks for the good ideas, Amethyst. Ordering bunless should be easy. I just didn't think of it. Rolleyes
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Lily, I keep that choices idea in my head all of the time. It makes me accountable for sure, and if I do mess up at least I have thought about and weighed the options. It is working for me right now, and I sure hope it continues. Tomorrow I weigh myself for the first time in a month. I know I have lost weight. My jeans are looser and a couple of blouses are back to fitting right instead of tight. It isn't a lot of weight but I've only been back on track for two weeks. It has been a great two weeks. On the first of March, I told myself that I would be happy with anything under that number on the scale - 187. Since I've been on basically Atkins for two weeks, my thinking is skewed and I'm wanting that huge weight drop first timers often get. Let's be real. That isn't happening. Clothes are looser and heartburn is GONE CoolCool
Hi Marie! I hope that tommorrow brings everything you have wished for when you get on the scale. There is no greater feeling than being rewarded with a good number and loss. Best of luck...Lynda
I remember saying that I would be happy with anything under 187. So, ok I am happy X3. I really am. I don't get it because my physical improvements would lead me to believe I had lost at least ten. Maybe I was in the 190's after March 1 and two weeks of lc fixed it. Who knows. I am happy that I am 184 today. If I lose 3 pounds a month for 12 months I would 151 which would be just super.

This month I am going to track my intake on Fitday. I'll make it public, so feel free to check and comment. I would love suggestions.
Nice job on the loss and getting back into your clothes!
You are getting back into some clothes?! WTG!

Thanks for your comments in my journal. Gives me hope that I might come through all this feeling better!
Woooooo Hoooooo!! Sooo happy for you!!!!!
Take a few minutes to watch this 60 Minutes episode. Dr. Lutsig on sugar and its evils. FINALLY Big GrinBig Grin

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57...gar-toxic/
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