Saturday, April 26, 2014

To Each He's Own

Hi Jennifer! Concerning the recipes: I'll leave them up for a bit. There are a couple favorites that I'll probably transfer.

Low carb eating most def is the best way to get your blood sugar under control (along w/your meds if you need).

Low carb eating (for most folks) will help you to drop some pounds.  Again, I say for most people, I don't think I'm one of them.

After 30+years of dieting, I have reached the conclusion, to lose weight, I have better "luck" with eating a lower calorie diet. It's what my body responds too.

The problem with the low calorie thing (in the past) was not being satisfied -  always hungry. A hungry person is a miserable person - and who wants to be miserable?

I have had some success with a low carb diet  so why not stick to a low carb diet? Same reason, never satisfied. Too many of the things I love are not what you would consider low carb.  And I'd ALWAYS binge on those things.  I'd do great for a bit than BAM! Horrible way to live.

Anyhoo - My Philosophy: Too Each He's Own: Do what works for you. And if what you're doing isn't working, find something elese, do some twirking, etc.

I'm more comfortable (for weight loss) with eating low calorie but with some adjustments, meaning, I still want good fat in my diet: mainly avocados and olive oil.  And my goal is not how low calorie can I go but how I can get the best value in what I'm eating....calorie, nutrition and taste wise! I will still watch the carbs, that's fer sure.  I'm diabetic, it's something I will need to do for the rest of my life. I'm a huge believer you've got to keep the carbs on the lower end for overall health, especially for diabetics. I've seen this for myself.

My A1C before low carbing: 11.8
My A1C after adopting a low carb lifestyle: 5.6
So ya, low carbing works to lower your blood sugar.

High Carbs = High Blood Sugar

Not really sure what it is now - a doctor's visit is on the "To Do" list.

I'm 45, very happily married and I'm ready to take care of this wonderful life I've been given! That's why I created "A Straight Line in the Sand" .... a new blog for My new mindset in losing weight.

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Starting Over

Life is funny and I'm so blessed to be part of it!

I'm changing my blog: A Straight Line in the Sand

That about sums up where I am in my fight against losing weight. It's been a battle for sure. I have to start fresh.

I'll close this blog up after a short bit.

Thanks Everyone & Goodnight!

Monday, March 24, 2014

I've Been Avoiding My Blog Like the Plague!

I"m going to be extremely honest here.

I have some serious issues.

I have always so overly concerned about what people think of me. This is why I've been avoiding my blog like the plague. Fear - crazy, right?

Why do I do this?

With strangers, with my family (mainly strangers) and with my co-workers. It's gross and it disgusts me.  And I hate it. And it has to stop.

A Little Background:
Growing up I was always criticized. Always. My nickname was "Fea" (in Spanish that means ugly). We were dirt poor. I was never popular. I always felt ashamed, not good enough.

I was the quiet one. Never spoke out my opinion, stayed to myself.

Anyhoo-now, I have an absolute wonderful husband (married 23 years and we still REALLY like each other!). He loves me, cherishes me, treats me like the #1 Lady in his life. I have children who love me. I have a God who loves me.

I am a blessed woman.

So what is up with this!

It has been a work in progress but I think the tide is turning. At work I'm finding my voice. With strangers I have been speaking up, for instance: .....................

a lady left her shopping cart right behind me, so when I stepped back, BAM, I stepped right into her shopping cart. She didn't say a word! At first I stepped away as if nothing, then
Me: An "I'm sorry? would have been nice.
She: I didn't do anything
Me: You left your basket right behind me.
She scoffed, grabbed her basket and walked away.  Yes, there were other folks around and I did feel funny, even started doubting myself "I shouldn't have said anything".

But I'm glad I spoke up for myself. I know I have it in me, to speak up, to say my piece. I just have always have felt shut-in (if that makes any sense).

Anyhoo - this past Friday night I ate crap and woke up at 2am thinking I was going to have a gall stone attack. These are VERY painful. VERY. VERY. VERY.  My tummy felt so horrible but thankfully, no gallstone attack. I was afraid of lying back down so I decided to do some research on food, diet, etc.

Long story short, I have decided to incorporate green smoothies into my diet. I really do need to incorporate more greens into my life. A salad two times a week isn't cutting it.

So.........Sunday morning I made this:

I used:
1 sm navel orange (peeled/no seeds)
1 sm banana
4 whole fresh strawberries
thin slice lemon (very very thin, rind n' all)
1 C water
1/2 C fresh kale
a splash of liquid stevia

Threw it all in my vitamix, slow start then 45 sec on high & viola - Tasty Goodness! I checked my sugar and it was fine. I don't know why but bananas have never raised my sugar level like other folks swear they do! And yes, I'm hoping the smoothies will help with weight loss.

P.S: I started taking my metformin AGAIN-I usually go 2 days and stop taking it because I forget.

You can find the original  recipe HERE. This lady is awesome - love her attitude!

Hope everyone's doing fine ~

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today's Eats

Wish I had pictures for today's eats ~

chicken salad w/ranch

* Got sick at work, headache & sick to tummy so didn't eat lunch*

Early Dinner: 
1/2 low carb tortilla burrito
slice low carb choco cake w/cream cheese frosting

small serving zuchinni & pizza style casserole

I've been working on getting my sugar level back on track. 2 weeks I've been turning this boat around and it's been a good ride (w/the exception of my "cheat" day = Saturday).

Sugar levels around 100 all day - the lower sugar way of life is working!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Turning 45

I turned 45 last month's happening. I'm climbing that hill.

The bad:
I don't like wrinkles.
The Good:
Oooh...there are lots of good! And I believe it will only get better.

ON a different note - gotta change the name of the blog. Someone else has a name very very similar, and I don't like that. Plus, I don't want my blog to be JUST about weight loss.  That's not ALL that my life is about.

Not ALL.

It is 's a big part though.

I've battled my weight for as long as I can remember. And I've battled my self esteem, self confidence, etc. etc. etc. right along with it. That's the sad butt naked truth.


I am more than the size of my dress.

I LOVE THRIFT SHOPPING!!!! My outfit to work today was all thrift shop finds: the boots, jeans (my favorite pair!), and the blouse - all from goodwill, even the winter coat I wore was from the thrift store!

I LOVE HOMEMADE CRAFTING!!!! I love creating a card, a welcome board, birthday sign, etc. from items you would normally throw away or from scraps of this n' that, along with store bought doo-dads.

I LOVE MY FAMILY! I have a teenage daughter (19 - pray for me!!), and an 8 yr old who is growing waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too fast! They are both at home. I also have a 27yr old who lives away from home.  I'm married to my absolute best friend. Been married 23 yrs!

I LOVE TRYING NEW RECIPES...but I HATE wasting ingredients!

Anyhoo - tonight is family movie night and my 8yr old and best friend (husband) get to pick the movie. They are leaning towards "Heavy Weights" (movie about kids at an overweight camp - it's pretty funny, Ben Stiller stars) and "Kicking and Screaming".

Dinner will be pork chops n' salad w/a low carb bread pudding (made from another recipe gone wrong but made right by improvising!).

Happy Friday Night!

My Wonderful Family!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pinterest Baking ~ Low Carb Biscotti

I have all these great looking low carb/sugar recipes on pinterest that I've been DYING to try out!  For whatever reasXon my life seems to be slowing down just a bit - Thank you Jesus!  Things were just getting out of hand. Busy, Busy, Busy.  Too busy to bake, prepare, take care of myself, etc.

Anyhoo-I tried a few recipes...some I like, some I didn't.

Tonight I'm trying Maria's Low Carb Biscotti!  I bought some mac nuts during lunch JUST for this recipe (I added 1/3 C cranberries = 14g sugar). My fingers are crossed.

Here's the before:

That was the best 9x2x1 that I could get. I wish there were more pics in her instructions.

I'll post the "after" tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Everyday is a Good Day to Make a Good Decision

Yesterday during the icy storm, this is what came into my mind when I contemplated using the "Snow Day" as an excuse to push my number 1,000,000,000th Eating Right start date to yet another day.

"Everyday is a good day to make a good decision"
"Everyday is a good day to make a good decision"
"Everyday is a good day to make a good decision"

You know what? There are ALWAYS going to be excuses.....ALWAYS!!! Don't believe me? Here's a list of excuses I've used:

A Birthday
My birthday
A "play" day/date w/child
A date with my hubby
An employees birthday, etc.
Relatives visiting
It's the weekend
Employee brought doughnuts, cookies, etc.
Boss taking meout to lunch
Too stressed
No time to cook/prepare properly
Celebration (sports team won, etc.)
Family/friends get together
Out Shopping
Emotional (discouraged, etc.)

Like I said, not throwing rocks here - I've used them all myself!

Will I ever use them again? Maybe. But they won't be my way of everyday living.

P.S: I made Scotch Eggs for the first time tonight - My 8yr old LOVED them! The whole family did. I found the recipe at (I substituted the coconut flour for King Arthur's flour - lower in carbs then white flour and I've never had a good experience when I fry with coconut flour).  All in all, my Scotch Eggs came out approx. 4g carbs each.

I'll have 2 tomorrow morning w/a lil' bit of dip and a slice of avocado for breakfast. Then I'll check my blood sugar 2 hours after to see my body's reaction. I'm sure it will be favorable :)

Have a great night everyone!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow Day...Another Excuse?

It almost started out that way.

Last night my husband and I prepared our breakfast & lunch to take to work. I would have to say being prepared is the hardest thing for me to do and the #1 reason I fall from plan.

I am soooo ready & motivated to get this extra weight off! I'm tired of a couple things:

REASON #1: So tired of wearing "stretchy" pants to work!!! I LOVE my sweats and I LOVE comfy stretchy jeans, and those are all find n' good BUT...I've been wearing them ALL THE TIME!!!! I have sooo many nice, feminine, feel pretty, outfits in my closet. They are lonely!!!


REASON #2: Sooooooooooooooooooo tired of being tired!!!! Ugh! I can't stand it anymore! My energy is sapped way too often. I understand a body gets tired, after a hard day's work, etc. That's not the tired I'm talking about. I'm talking about tired on the verge of depression! Not just tired but not motivated to all!

Anyhoo - I had my breakfast, lunch and snack ready for a great low carb day (remember, great for me is/may not be great for be it).  Then BAM! Freeze Day (no going into work).

Now how many times have I used the unexpected to say..."Well I guess I'll start tomorrow". And I almost did it again! So what stopped me? This morning I DID wake up with energy (AND loved it!) and I knew that if I ate waffles, cereal, etc., that energy was going to be zapped right out of me.  So I did it! I stuck to my plan!!!!

Yes, it's only one meal but it's a meal that would have otherwise (because of  the unexpected), been an excuse to shove whatever in my mouth!

So I'm home and doing some damage...laundry, rearranging my family room, laundry room, hall closet...AND when I got hungry, had my packed's not pretty, but it's perfect! This meal won't weigh me down (chicken strips/deviled eggs/couple slices bacon).

I'm prepared for lunch (chicken n' veggies) and now that I'm home (HURRAY!!!), I plan to find a low carb pumpkin bread recipe on Pinterest & bake! YUMMO!

Keep Warm!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Antioxidants in Herbs & Spices-Cool!

Growing up we had three main seasonings: salt, pepper, and garlic (powder/fresh).  That was it.

Sad to say my palette is quite limited. At restaurants I order the same thing or what is familiar and I'm a sissy when it comes to trying new foods.

That's all fine n' good, but I get in these ruts and THAT would be fine too... but these ruts are not healthy or wise.   

ruts = A fixed, usually boring routine

Anyhoo-while looking up some recipes, I came across this from Prevention.  I never thought about getting antioxidants from herbs and spices. Hmmm. Maybe this will help me to remember to throw more than just salt, pepper and garlic on my meat/chicken.

Boost antioxidants at any meal

Herbs and spices can deliver just as much disease-fighting punch as fruits and veggies, says Cheryl Forberg, RD, author of Positively Ageless. Here, how to add low-calorie flavor while dramatically boosting your antioxidant intake.
Tarragon, fresh: Add to scrambled eggs
Score*: 155
Oregano, dried: Add to tomato bruschetta or chicken breast marinated in olive oil and garlic.
Score: 1,753
Cloves, ground: Add to mashed sweet potatoes or acorn squash.
Score: 2,903
Cinnamon, ground: Add to oatmeal, French toast, or applesauce.
Score: 1,752
Thyme, fresh: Add to fresh orange slices with black pepper and olive oil.
Score: 137
Sage, fresh: Add to cornbread and stuffings.
Score: 320
Turmeric: Add to curries and bulgur salad with chickpeas and currants.
Score: 1,271
*Scores, per 1/2 teaspoon, are in ORAC points, a measure of antioxidants in food. As a comparison, a 1/2-cup serving of blueberries has an ORAC score of 3,502.
For those in the path of the Winter Storm.....STAY WARM!!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year = New Ways (Quit, Stop, Don't)

That's what I'm looking forward to in 2014.

New Ways.

If I don't make a change to do things in a new way, I'm going to be miserable. And I can't afford to be  miserable. I've been blessed with a great life. Don't get me wrong, there have been difficult times...mentally, emotionally, and physically. Difficult times with my children, spouse, and in friend/work/other relationships.  However, the difficult times have given way to great experiences. Experiences I have grown & continue to learn from = Priceless.

Anyhoo-I'm not talking major changes. Simple changes. Changes that will remove stress from my life. I have too much stress.  Too much stress for such a wonderful life! My life is wonderful because: A. I"m not in the hospital, B. I have a husband who adores me, C. My kids all love me, D. I have a job that I actually like (most of the time), E. My fridge is full....and the list of all things great and small goes on and on and on.

Here's a few of the New Ways I need in my life:

*Stop with the "I'll do it later" attitude (putting things away! (objects, receipts, etc.)
*Don't promise what I can't deliver! (at work and more importantly within myself)
*Don't go to work without knowing what you are going to eat!!!! This makes for a DANGEROUS situation (can you say junk food).
*Quit believing everything I do must be perfect!
*Quit making someone's screw-up my screw-up to fix (work).
*Stop wasting food!
*Stop putting myself last.
*Stop buying what I don't need (this is out of fear).

These changes - ya, major overhaul.  However, these small changes will produce a more enjoyable Lucy! And that's what I want for 2014 - An enjoyable Lucy!

Hope your New Year is starting out great!

Random Pic - Yellow Napkin Holder (LOVE THE COLOR!)