New Start with Diet & Exercise

It’s been a few weeks since I weighed in because I have been on a plateau.  Multiple things factored in with this.   One was raising my iodine dose so my body was working on  getting rid of higher levels of toxins.  Another factor my body decided to start having regular periods again how long this will last is unknown.  Then I was working through some high stress stuff and simply was eating more comfort foods.  Not enough to gain weight but enough not to lose.  I also started doing some exercise again and I think initially after a long illness that was actually a stress factor instead of a stress reliever.

So essentially I maintained 156 which is down 15 pounds from my start and has in the past been one of my set points.  I had hit 155 and 154 during the journey but then would bounce back up to 156

This week I upped the exercise but also the calories trying to find out what my body is doing or not I did essentially the amount of exercise that equaled the extra calories I ate.  I did about 1600 calories worth of exercise and added about that many calories.  I thought if my body was really burring the calories like it should then I should lose one pound as normal.  I normally stagger 1200 calories and this week turned out to average 1435 per day.

This morning’s weigh in was 154 down 2 pounds so that is a surprise with this little experiment but may also simply reflect that I have been wobbling a little at this point for a while so the real test will be getting back to business so to speak with the calories and now the added exercise for this coming week.  I think my body is ready to go down again and I think my thyroiditis is essentially resolved and I am steady at 50 mg iodoral.  Sure would be nice to get to losing 2 pound per week level instead of one.  I think I would need a serious metabolism boost as it was a lot for me right now to get 1600 calories of exercise last week and that is far from the 3500 needed for one pound.  I am building some muscle and maybe just getting that much movement in general after this long illness will help rev things up too. 

So starting at 171

I lost the first 15 by January 24 in 13 weeks  Then for 10 weeks my body bounced around from 154 to 156. 

New start

last week 156
this week 154     -2 pounds

Total loss is 17 pounds

This week will now be the real test of breaking this level since I haven’t been lower than 154

Pamela’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Mix1These are officially my favorite Gluten Free cookies.  The first time I made them I left them to cook just a little too long and they were hard, but tasted good.  The next time I watched them a little more carefully.  Cookies raise and puff up then start to fall, once they had fallen I took them right out of the oven.  I didn’t time them at all.  That was the trick, they are soft and chewy and wonderful.  They stay soft in Tupperware too.  Yum

If you make 18 of them then they are 150 calories – 15 carbs – 2 protein

 

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Affirmations – Weight Loss

My ideal weight range is ___________ pounds
Your ideal weight range is ___________ pounds

I am always able to maintain my ideal weight
You are always able to maintain your ideal weight

I am happy about sharing my essential self with others
You are happy about sharing your essential self with others

I am comfortable, confident and at ease in all social situations
You are comfortable, confident and at ease in all social situations

I am beautiful, and that beauty is reflect back to me
You are beautiful, and that beauty is reflect back to you

I release heavy emotions
You release heavy emotions

I release all fear, depression, and anger
You release all fear, depression, and anger

I am a creature of peace, courage, and joy
You are a creature of peace, courage, and joy

I let go of other people’s emotional pain
You let go of other people’s emotional pain

I release all energy that I am carrying for others
You release all energy that you are carrying for others

I release my need to carry stress for other people
You release my need to carry stress for other people

Every cell in my body is filled with energy
Every cell in you body is filled with energy

I am fully nourished by the foods I eat
You are fully nourished by the foods you eat

I am losing weight now to achieve my ideal weight range
You are losing weight now to achieve your ideal weight range

I love how I feel as I make progress in my fitness goals
You love how you feel as you make progress in your fitness goals

I love the food that makes me thin.
You love the food that makes you thin

Achieving and maintaining my ideal weight range is effortless.
Achieving and maintaining your ideal weight range is effortless

I enjoy being healthy.
You enjoy being healthy.

My body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.
Your body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.

I am developing a new relationship with food and incorporating exercise in my life to change my lifestyle so that I am healthier, have more energy and feel better about myself.
You are developing a new relationship with food and incorporating exercise in your life to change your lifestyle so that you are healthier, have more energy and feel better about yourself.

I am developing a new relationship with food and increase the level of exercise in my life.
You are developing a new relationship with food and increase the level of exercise in your life

I am ready to be thin and strong again
You are ready to be thin and strong again

I feel good with a toned torso, butt, arms and legs
You feel good with a toned torso, butt, arms and legs

My body is powerful and strong
Your body is powerful and strong

I create an abundance of energy when I work out
You create an abundance of energy when you work out

I love working out with weight training equipment
You love working out with weight training equipment

Exercise gives me a good feeling about myself
Exercise gives you a good feeling about yourself

My fast results motivate me to continue with my fitness program
Your fast results motivate you to continue with your fitness program

Taking care of my body gives me great confidence
Taking care of your body gives you great confidence

I am willing and committed to doing what it takes to meet all my fitness goals
You are willing and committed to doing what it takes to meet all your fitness goals

I deserve healthy food and a healthy body
You deserve healthy food and a healthy body

I will succeed at creating the body I have always wanted
You will succeed at creating the body you have always wanted

I enjoy wearing clothes that show off my incredible body
I enjoy wearing clothes that show off your incredible body

Every time I exercise I enjoy it more
Every time you exercise you enjoy it more

Every day I notice positive changes in my mind and my body
Every day you notice positive changes in your mind and your body

I am grateful for the ability to be active
You are grateful for the ability to be active

I nurture myself by living a healthy lifestyle
You nurture yourself by living a healthy lifestyle

I sleep soundly and wake up refreshed and energized
You sleep soundly and wake up refreshed and energized

I love the way my renewed body looks and feels; lean, firm, and strong
You love the way you renewed body looks and feels; lean, firm, and strong

People notice how young, attractive and fit I look
People notice how young, attractive and fit you look

As I strengthen my body, I strengthen my confidence and self-esteem.
As you strengthen your body, you strengthen your confidence and self-esteem

I am willing to change.
You are willing to change.

I can achieve every goal and desire
You can achieve every goal and desire

I have the power to change my life.
You have the power to change your life.

I eat only what my body needs.
You eat only what your body needs

I choose to eat healthy foods.
You choose to eat healthy foods.

I am committed to my goals.
You are committed to your goals.

I effortlessly stay on track.
You effortlessly stay on track.

I eat foods and portions that support my new weight.
You eat foods and portions that support your new weight

I eat like a thin person.
You eat like a thin person.

My body is the temple of my spirit.
Your body is the temple of your spirit.

I release the emotions and fears that caused me to hide behind my weight
You release the emotions and fears that caused you to hide behind your weight

I am getting stronger, healthier and more vibrant each and every day
You are getting stronger, healthier and more vibrant each and every day

I choose foods that truly nourish me.
You choose foods that truly nourish you

I eat only to nurture my body
You eat only to nurture your body

I respect myself.
You respect yourself and other people respect you

I am worthy of being treated with respect.
You are worthy of being treated with respect

My body is beautiful.
Your body is beautiful

My body becomes more beautiful with each day.
Your body becomes more beautiful with each day.

I accept myself unconditionally.
You accept yourself unconditionally and other people accept you because of that.

I choose what I eat wisely and I listen to my body.
You choose what you eat wisely and you listen to your body.

I look amazing
You look amazing

I am fit, healthy and attractive.
You are fit, healthy and attractive.

Every day I get closer to my ideal weight range
Every day you get closer to your ideal weight range

I attract only healthy relationships
You attract only healthy relationships

I love to exercise daily and look forward to this time
You love to exercise daily and look forward to this time

My body is blessed with a radiant immune system and a healthy metabolism
Your body is blessed with a radiant immune system and a healthy metabolism

I have the perfect hormone balance to achieve and maintain my ideal weight range
You have the perfect hormone balance to achieve and maintain your ideal weight range

I awaken and unleash my inner athlete
You awaken and unleash your inner athlete

It is now easy for me to stop eating when I have eaten what my body needs to attain and maintain my healthy weight.
It is now easy for you to stop eating when you have eaten what your body needs to attain and maintain your healthy weight.

It is automatic for me to stop eating and push my plate away when I recognize the first signs of satiety.
It is automatic for you to stop eating and push your plate away when your recognize the first signs of satiety

If I am full I leave food on my plate
If you are full you leave food on your plate

Feeling the need to clean my plate is a past behavior and thought pattern I have now overcome
Feeling the need to clean your plate is a past behavior and thought pattern you have now overcome

It is natural for me to package up excess food or just throw it away.
It is natural for you to package up excess food or just throw it away.

It’s now easy and comfortable for me to bypass emotional eating.
It’s now easy and comfortable for you to bypass emotional eating.

I only eat when my body is hungry
You only eat when your body is hungry

Food no longer controls my life.
Food no longer controls your life.

I eat to live, not live to eat.
You eat to live, not live to eat.

I no longer eat out of boredom or for emotion reasons.
You no longer eat out of boredom or for emotion reasons.

I enjoy the tastes of healthy foods over processed foods.
You enjoy the tastes of healthy foods over processed foods

I am allowing people to see the beautiful person within.
You are allowing people to see the beautiful person within.

I am strong enough to limit my occasional treats
You are strong enough to limit your occasional treats

Cravings do not control me.
Cravings do not control you.

I am able to treat myself without going overboard.
You are able to treat yourself without going overboard.

When allowing myself a treat I stop before overindulging
When allowing yourself a treat you stop before overindulging

I love myself as I am, regardless of weight.
You love yourself as you are regardless of weight
Other people love you as you are regardless of weight

I choose to be slim and healthy
You choose to be slim and healthy
I now see myself as being slim and healthy.

Everyday I get more control of my weight.
Everyday You get more control of your weight.

I think positively about my body.
You think positively about your body

I feel awesome after I exercise.
You feel awesome after you exercise.

I feel healthier when I work out.
You feel healthier when you work out.

I have more energy when I exercise.
You have more energy when you exercise.

I am a divine spirit capable of attaining any goal.
You are a divine spirit capable of attaining any goal.

I am beautiful and sexy no matter what my size.
You are beautiful and sexy no matter what your size

I can recognize when I am full and stop eating.
You can recognize when you are full and stop eating.

I can handle any stressor that comes my way without eating.
You can handle any stressor that comes you way without eating.

I have great coping skills that don’t require food
You have great coping skills that don’t require food

I am a strong empowered woman (man).
You are a strong empowered woman (man).

I allow myself to feel my emotions without needing to eat to quiet them.
You allow yourself to feel your emotions without needing to eat to quiet them.

I am an athlete.
You are an athlete
People see you as an athlete

I will devote time every day to exercising my body.
You will devote time every day to exercising your body.

I choose to work out everyday
You choose to work out everyday

I am active and fit
You are active and fit
People see you as active and fit

Body fat melts off me like ice in the hot summer sun.
Body fat melts off you like ice in the hot summer sun

I am an efficient, energetic, healthy, fit woman (man) who can handle anything that arises today.
You are an efficient, energetic, healthy, fit woman (man) who can handle anything that arises today.

I eat only to fuel my body when needed
You eat only to fuel your body when needed

I appreciate and love my body
You appreciate and love your body

I have a very Strong, Ripped and Healthy body
You have a very Strong, Ripped and Healthy body
People see me as Strong, Ripped and Healthy

I get hungry only for the foods my body really needs.
You get hungry only for the foods your body really needs.

It is natural to me to feel great.
It is natural to you to feel great.

I am reaching my ideal weight range and body composition
You are reaching your ideal weight range and body composition

I am buying new clothes to show off my new lean body.
You are buying new clothes to show off your new lean body
People think your new lean body looks great in your new clothes

I am refining and sticking to my workout plan.
You are refining and sticking to my workout plan.

Home Made Ice Cream

When I was low carbing I used to make Ice cream fairly often.  I used the Atkins flavorings and they worked well, that was however before I realized that spenda was going to follow in the footsteps of aspartame as the next toxic chemical.  Since it is a chlorinated product I can only assume it contributed to the thyroid issue I am recovering from now by adding to my iodine deficiency as one of the halides.  I used aspartame for years before we knew the dangers of that.  It is hard to avoid the poisons in our food even now with so much more information available to us.  When I decided I wanted to makes some ice cream with splenda free I tried various flavorings and they were all really weak.  Then I found LorAnn ice cream flavors they are sugar free and I have no idea what else is in them LOL

https://www.lorannoils.com/c-12-beverage-ice-cream-flavors.aspx

of the 4 flavors I’ve tried the my favorite is the red raspberry but the mint chocolate chip is really good and I liked the caramel although it is a very mild flavor.  The other one i tried was chocolate and you just really can’t go wrong with chocolate 

Raspberry Ice Cream Recipe

1 Quart Heavy Cream
7 Egg Yolks
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp LorAnn Raspberry flavoring
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
2 tsp Demerata Sugar
Mix of Erythritol / Stevia
2 1/2 Bags Frozen Raspberries (Wal-mart brand)

Take the frozen raspberries out and sprinkle them well with the mix of erythritol and stevia too much stevia will be biter so only use a little.  Let them sit to start defrosting.

Liquid Mixture; mix together in a small bowl and set aside
egg yolks, vanilla, raspberry flavor, water, honey and sugar.

Whip cream with electric mixer when it is nice and thick add the liquid mixture and mix in well.  Add some of the raspberries that are defrosted so the mix is a nice raspberry color and some of the natural raspberry flavor is throughout.  If the bowl you whipped the cream in is not very large put the whole mixture into a bigger bowl and add the rest of the raspberries.  Spoon into 11 small plastic containers for individual servings and put into freezer.

Serving Size: one container
Calories: 377
Carbs: 16.2
Protein: 4.7

I don’t have the fat count because I don’t count fats I eat only natural fats like cream, butter and extra virgin coconut oil and what is in the meat I eat so I am not concerned with my fat count.

You don’t have to use erythritol as some people avoid all sugar alcohols, this one doesn’t bother me and this ice cream is really the  only thing I use it in because it has a cool flavor that is suitable for ice cream.  Xylitol for example upsets my digestion and erythritol doesn’t.  You could use more demerata with the stevia or maple or date sugar but you would need to add those to the calorie and carb counts. 

If you were to use the mint chocolate flavor you could put get an organic mint chocolate bar and use a cheese grater  to put some chocolate bits in there mmmm

If you wanted you probably add some extra virgin coconut oil to this recipe.  I’ve never tried that.  It would raise the calorie count no doubt but no everyone needs to count calories.

Gluten Free Pizza Crust

I found this recipe and adjusted it some, It called for Sorghum flour which I didn’t have and whole milk so I traded the sorghum with coconut flour and the whole milk with cream and water.  I have  not been  particularly fond of the garbanzo bean flour in some other things but you can’t taste it in this recipe  i think I would maybe trade out for more coconut flour if I were to do it again b cause bean flour gives me gas. 

I haven’t done this recipe again since because I’ve been lazy so I have trying the prepackaged mixes.  The Namaste stuff is really intensely spiced.  I like to taste the pizza toppings not just the crust :-).  I tried another, I think arrowhead, that was a pain.  The last couple times I used the Bob’s red mill and it has worked well.  I cook it well done then I can freeze cooked pieces and reheat right out of the freezer for a quick meal without the crust being soggy.

This is a good recipe though I really liked it!

You can see how the dough is soft and has to be pressed  into the pan with wet hands

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Ready to bake

 

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Baked lightly ready for toppings

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Topped and ready for second baking

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All Done YUMMY

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Pizza Crust

3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/3 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon xanthum gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup cream 1/4 cup
1/4 cup plus 1 tsp. Warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons raw sugar or dehydrated cane juice
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Place all the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Mix warm water, sugar and yeast let sit for a couple minutes then add cream egg whites and olive oil and mix well.

Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Transfer dough to a sweet rice sprinkled pan or olive oil greased (my personal preference) pan. Oil hands with olive oil and press dough (which is sticky ) into the pan.

Bake crust only for 10-14 minutes

Add desired toppings and return to the oven to bake until the cheese is a golden brown.

Makes 2 – 10 in crusts or 1 12 in inch thick crust

I made it in one 11X16 cookie sheet