Monday, December 18, 2017

Just Another Update

Yesterday was my weekly weigh-in day, and I did weigh but got busy with the usual Christmas stuff and never posted. But hopefully you enjoyed the low carb bagel recipe (so good!) Anyway, short post today. I weighed in at 218 pounds... a 2 pound loss for the week. It's a milestone in two ways: first, it's 40 pounds lost since late August when I started phentermine. And second, it's 60 pounds gone again from my blog starting weight of 278 pounds. I already have two sets of "60 Pounds Gone" photos from 2008 and 2010 (I also hit this weight in 2013, but I don't think I bothered with pictures). So I'm going to wait and do progress photos when I hit 70 gone.

In case you missed it, I posted everything I ate or drank for one week on my Instagram (lynescapes)... everything before the weight graph photo is a solid week of my food intake. And I've been sharing my main meals there since then as well. Check it out if you're curious! Now I need to go wrap some presents!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Recipe: Low Carb Bagels

My son sat down next to me this evening with a bagel and cream cheese on his plate. I took one look and thought, boy, I wish there was a low carb bagel! I started searching online and found that yes, there *are* low carb bagels you can buy. But I also found this easy, five ingredient recipe for low carb, gluten free bagels... and knew I could have one myself in less than 30 minutes!

I halved the recipe to make three bagels because, let's face it, a lot of low carb baked goods recipes turn out gross. They look good in the pictures but yuck. So instead of having a half dozen bagels sitting around, I thought three was more manageable. So here's the recipe for three bagels:

3/4 c. almond flour (not almond meal; almond flour is very fine)
1/2 Tbsp baking soda
1 1/4 c. shredded mozzarella
1 ounce cream cheese
1 beaten egg

Mix the flour and baking soda in one bowl. Put the mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwavable bowl and nuke one minute. Mix quickly and thoroughly. Dump the flour mixture on top, then add the egg. Mix a bit with a spatula and then get in there with your hands and knead it until it is one consistent texture (no bits of cheese of areas of flour). Separate into 3 equal dough portions. Roll each portion into a "snake" and connect the ends, leaving a hole in the middle to make a bagel shape. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, like so.

low carb bagels recipe

As you can see, I topped one with Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 14 minutes (mine took the full 14).

low carb keto bagels recipe

The bagels smaller than grocery store bagels and my holes closed up, so I'd probably shape them with a bigger center hole next time. They're also a little flatter than a normal bagel (and they are flatter in the photos on other sites I've looked at, too) probably because there's no yeast. That's okay. Because they're delicious!!

You can cut them in half and spread them with cream cheese or toast them with butter. Or both!

The verdict: yum! The very best way, for me, was the top half of the Everything bagel, toasted and spread with butter. It got crunchy and crispy but still soft underneath just like real bread. I think it's great! The other half was spread with cream cheese and also tasted very good. You could make sandwiches out of these, too. My plan is to halve them, freeze each half separately, and toast them from frozen as desired. Now I can have a piece of toast with my breakfast once in awhile for only 4 grams of carbs! (2.5 net carbs). Win for me! Each bagel half also contains about 180 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 10.5 grams of protein. Will be making the full recipe next time!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Hair Is Falling Out

The other day I was in my bathroom running a brush through my hair as usual. When I finished, though, I noticed something different. Hair. A lot of it. And not attached to my head. Long wavy hair stuck in the brush... much more than usual. And hairs all over my sweater around the shoulders. I ran my fingers through my hair and got even more. In fact, an alarming amount. It made me feel a bit uneasy.

It happened again this morning. Lots of loose hairs in the brush, on me, and on my hands when I ran them through. Standing there looking in the trash can and seeing SO MUCH of it made me feel a little sick inside. But I had a feeling it was coming. It's happened before... twice. Both times when I lost about 40 pounds.

I wrote about it back in 2010 in this post: Losing Weight & Hair Loss. I had done some research and found out that is was fairly normal and explainable to shed lots of hair after a significant weight loss, and that it is really just an interruption in the hair growth cycle due to any "shock" to the system. It grows back. It'll be fine. I suspected it would happen again so I've been taking Biotin for months to try and prevent it. But no luck, apparently. It's definitely coming out, and what's left is noticeably thinner.

It happened in 2008, the first time I lost over 40 pounds. It happened again in 2010 while I was on Medifast after I had dropped 40 or 50 pounds. Right now, I am just under the 40-pounds-lost mark so I've been just waiting and wondering and also hoping that perhaps the Biotin and healthy fats might stave it off. But no. And honestly it IS emotional, just as it was before. I really *hate* seeing the thinning hair in the mirror and the lost hair in the trash can. It makes me feel old, and ugly, and sad. But I also hate being morbidly obese, so losing the weight was really my only option. And if hair loss goes along with that, so be it. I just have to hang on to the belief that since it grew back before, it will grow back again... and maybe faster this time, since I've already started the Biotin which promotes hair growth. I'll increase my dose of fish oil, too, and hopefully by spring or summer everything will be back to normal... including my weight.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weigh In and "Lower" Carb

It's Sunday yet again and time for my weekly weigh in. I weigh every day and track the results on a graph, but I count my official loss or gain each week on Sundays. Last week I weighed 224 pounds. This morning I got on the scale and saw 220. That's a good number! Four pounds gone this week.

I'm still taking phentermine and I'm also still eating smaller portions and "lower" carbs. I guess my diet is not technically LOW carb, because people who eat low carb tend to stay completely away from grains, potatoes, beans, and sometimes even fruit. I do still eat those things but in small amounts and infrequently. I learned on Medifast that eating no more than 15g of carbs in a sitting keeps my blood sugar level. I am flexible with that number, though, and sometimes have 20 or 25g in a sitting... but that's not very often. A lot of my meals have no carbs at all. So it balances out, and no food is off limits, and I learn to control myself and make choices based on my health. It's working and the weight continues to come off. If you'd like to see what I'm eating, you can see everything that has gone into my mouth since Wednesday on my Instagram: lynescapes Instagram.

Here's to another great week and a joyful Christmas season!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Food Journal on Instagram

Good morning and HAPPY Friday! I am so looking forward to this weekend and getting into the Christmas spirit. My daughter and I plan to get out all the Christmas boxes after school today and get the house decorated, and then tomorrow my son and his girlfriend will help us go pick out a Christmas tree, load it on top of the car, and bring it home. We'll get it decorated on Sunday and maybe I will even wrap the *one* present I have bought so far to put under it! Yep, I really need to get shopping.

I am feeling so much more energetic with this weight off lately. I love being able to do lots of activities in a day without being completely wiped out, red faced and sweating after something as small as vacuuming or mopping. It finally feels good to move again. If you've never weighed 250+ pounds, you should really try strapping enough weight onto your body to total 250 and then try going about your day. It is exhausting!! Seriously, throw some weights into a backpack and strap it on and go grocery shopping, do some laundry, and vacuum the house. It just about kills you if you can do it at all. I am just so thankful to be back here again, and I know it will just get better as the next 50 comes off.

I've started posting my meals to my Instagram account for two reasons: 1) my phentermine-prescribing doctor told me at my last visit that I need to "journal" my food at least some of the time while I am losing weight. She said I didn't have to measure or count calories if I don't want to (although doing that on occasion will give me useful information), but to at least write down what I eat for what meals. She said when I am off phentermine she wants me to be able to look back and see what was working so I can either copy or modify it for maintenance. So by snapping a quick picture of anything I eat before it goes in my mouth and then posting it on Instagram, I have an accurate record of what I ate each day. And 2) because people ask me what I am eating and this is way easier and less boring than typing it out on my blog all the time. Right now I am posting everything I eat each day and will do that for at least a week, maybe longer. I always start off with coffee, so each day's food is between the coffees (that makes it easier to see what I eat in one day).

If you're interested in seeing my intake on phentermine, my Instagram account name is lynescapes. Here's a link: LynEscapes on Instagram.

Can't wait to see if I reach my secret weight goal by January 1! I'll share when we get there!