Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fat, A documentary! Kudos to Vinnie Tortorich and Peter Pardini - behind the scenes photos of the San Diego Filming!

I was proud to help Vinnie Tortorich, Peter Pardini and Serena Scott Thomas with the making of their ground breaking documentary during Low Carb USA 2018 in San Deigo.

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1. Please click through the youtube trailer
2. Subscribe to Vinnie's Youtube channel for more info 
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5. Talk about Low Carb and Low Carb USA and your own success and NSNG

BONUS!!! My behind the scenes photos and stories of Fat, The Documentary 2018
Enjoy! Helping on the first day of filming has been one of my favorite top 10 moments of 2018.

Many reasons to check out the film (releasing in Nov-Dec 2018)

Jeffery Gerber MD and Ivor Cummings are in the documentary

Jill is a local Low Carb weight maintainer, losing and maintaining over 120+ pounds via Low Carb, NSNG, and Keto. She's living the dream, as am I.  Check out Jill's Instagram, where she is very active.
Jill (weight maintainer), Vinnie Tortorich, Karen Parrott
Dr. Georgia Ede shares her own story and helps college students regain their physical and mental health. Dr Ede is also in the film. (Diagnosis Diet)
Karen Parrott and Georgia Ede, MD
Dave Feldman (Cholesterol Code) also makes an appearance in the film. 
Dave Feldman chatting to Dr. Eade

Gary Taubes makes an impactful appearance at Low Carb and in the film. Kudos for facing the heat and getting the word out. And for having me deliver key communications to VIP's. LOL. 
Karen Parrott (looking stressed out) and Gary Taubes
 Vinnie early in the morning, chatting with conference goers and telling funny stories about the room set up.

Vinnie Tortorich and Karen Parrott
 The ever awesome Vinnie Tortorich and beautiful Serena Scott Thomas. Love those two! Thank you X 1,000,000 for helping us get and stay well.
Vinnie Tortorich and Serena Scott Thomas
The many volunteers who also worked Low Carb USA, but covered for me while I was helping the film crew collect VIP's for their time slots during filming. 

I couldn't believe how much film equipment came out of this truck!

Thanks to my volunteer friends who covered for me while I was helping the film crew!
Hope you are all well. I'm about the same weight wise. Working on house projects and gearing up for a super busy fall at work.

Resource page: I'm working on it.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Early Time restricted eating super important to me in long term weight maintenance- quick update Fall 2018

I'm on day 7 of very purposeful 18:6 or 16:8 early time restricted eating. As I've discovered, my early time restricted eating plays a huge role in my long term weight maintenance.

I had a work insurance blood draw where I wanted to go 4 days or so doing 12:12 to trick out my cholesterol levels. I did, but it doesn't help me feel well or help me maintain weight.

It will take 1 month to lose between 1-3 pounds, since weight loss within my goal range is slow going.  Habit and repeating habits takes a lot of effort, day in day out. No room for slippery slope food addiction thinking. It's a lot of work. Huge effort for very little scale movement.

THIS IS my WEIGHT MAINTENANCE, long term. For me, anyway.

The results are worth it though. Long term maintenance. Clothes that fit. Rarely sick, 21+ years of only having one auto immune disease and not more (Hashimoto's in 1997).  It's like Weight Maintenance University or Grad School. LOL.

Dr. Satchin Panda talks a lot of circadian rhythms including gut microbiome curcadian rhythms, Dr. Sylvia (Secret Life of Fat) and Dr. Georgia Ede  (podcast with Daisy at Ketogenic Woman)  All of these sources cop to different variables of weight managment.

Here is proof of maintenance, even with a 7 pound gain, I expect to maintain this weight OR reverse it a few pounds anyway. I'm not sure I'll get back to the summer of 2017 weights or not. I'm well, that's all that matters.  I've got to find a new photographer, photos coming soon.

7+ years food sober, weights

2018, All weight gain

September 2018 maintenance

This cat is missing my teen even more than me. LOL. Just kidding

This cat is checking out the new towels, cares not about missing the teen

I've got to say: I'm not feeling the blogging so much as I transition to life with an adult vs life with a kid in high school.

It's super important for me to transition to fun, engaging hobbies ( active ones, yo!), connect with adults of many ages and families, too.

That being said, weight maintenance is woven into all my life's priorities. If I fail to incorporate my food template, my 20 tools in weight maintenance, life will immediately hand me a pair of larger pants. Oh, heck Noooooo.

Here's the fluff

Current breakfast eats

Still collecting beach glass and walking. Walking meditation while looking for beach glass is my zen.
Ohhh, amber sea glass
Turns out it's white glass. Love it!
Fun to meet new people of all ages playing Pokemon
 Off to hire that photographer to take my progress photos.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2018 check in, I'm still here! More summer updates coming

Here's what I've been up to the last month or so. August 2018

A. Moved kid to college far, far away.

Lots of walking on this 150 year old campus

What worked for me
1. Brought my own food in a cooler with a pack.
2. Ate from the salad bar for my two free meals in the cafe
3. I walked, a lot, and walked some more.

Karen's take away:  If you have younger school aged children and want to know if being fit mind and body is worth it for college move in: YES IT IS!!!!

Lose weight, maintain your weight loss. No elevators (that I could see anyway), lots of stairs, walking to new parent events. Lifting large boxes, carrying medium to heavy loads.

Life is for the living. Weight Maintenance is for living life well after 40 years of obesity. Moving my daughter in was busy, hectic yet very doable.

I earned this!

B. Packed my work desk to move on the day I return from vacation. 

What worked for me

1. Opportunity to clean my desk
2. Opportunity to ask for coffee brewer and a yoga mat (not sure if I'll get either, but I liked asking and holding my ground. Good ergonomics are key-IMO and caffeine makes me and you happy, happy, happy.
New cube, left handed desk, not my stuff

3. Opportunity to get away from the junk food in the break room. Guessing that there will still be junk food in the new break room, hoping that there will be less of it, less often.

4. Opportunity to answer more Low Carb questions with the same and new cube farm co-workers.

C. I played  Pokemon, Toon Blast and a few other iPhone games to keep my slippery slope thinking in check  Don't get me wrong, I'm still playing pocket frog, but Pokemon is fun, I can play it with my kid, and her college and the airport are full of poke stops.

What worked for me

1. Playing easy computer games are soothing for me and are an easy brain break
2. Remission from food addiction is no joke, so soothing with a few electronic diversions that I can easily put down and not be addicted to is a good thing for me.
3. I'll stop playing these during work, except for during my walks at work, so I can hatch a few Poke eggs.

Ooooh, a rare green banded Wingull, LOL.

Green Banded Wingull Sept 1, 2018

D. Weight Data

Highest Weight in 2018 was yesterday, Sept 2, 2018

What isn't working for me

1. Not tracking my food all the time
2. Not eating 18:6 most of the time.

I know better, I can do better. Now putting my talking head on my action body and getting to work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Proof of maintenance & Summer brief check-in 2018

I've been off the blog quite a bit, for mostly good reasons. Okay, the Holy Fire in So. Cal was not a good reason.

Here are my excuses 

1. Proof of weight maintenance (at the top or just over my desired range and 3-5 pounds over my best range).

3 months weight maintenance June-Aug 2018

2. When the Holy Fire hit So. Cal. we all got reverse 911 phone calls and exited the building.
A spider decided to exit one side of my pants leg by biting me 5 times in a row. This resulted a 2-3 pound weight gain for 4-5 days. Ughhhhhh. Itchy.

I'm a normal blood donation (paid, IRB approved) for Histamine Release, so hey, I'm NOT taking any anti-histamines. That test is my cash cow, so I'm not going to mess it up.  My weight is finally returning to <120, which  is indeed my "scream weight".

I'm sparing you gross spider bite photos. You are welcome. LOL.

Holy Fire, August 2018, as seen from Orange County

3. Traveling soon, transitioning to empty nest. I'm so happy for "Jr Family Member"

Tortoiseshell luggage guardian, Summer 2018

4. Volunteered and had a great time at Low Carb USA 2018 San Diego- 

Standard of Care meeting Adel Hite and Gary Taubes

Traditional Poster Photo 2018

I helped Vinnie and Serena Scott-Thomas with the first few days of filming

Donate if you are able. The interviewees are my favorite people.

I''ll be doing a separate blog post on Low Carb USA 2018. Soon!!! As long as the fires stay away.

4. Podcasts 

I have been a guest on 3 podcasts lately. Links coming soon!

Back to life, food sober living, and long term weight maintenance.

5. Home work for a future blog post. Keto Woman Podcast episode #41 Georgia Ede

Terrific Weight Maintenance topics:

Link to the podcast

I took 2 pages of notes around this podcast. I'll blog about it soon.

What's working for me

1. Daily weighing, even though I want to be a lower weight
2. Staying safe and well during fire season
3. Dealing with a life transition as my kid goes to college, building my social life
4. Hanging with my tribe at Low Carb USA 2018, building the tribe.
5. Continuing weight maintenance education through podcasts

What didn't work for me in the past

1. Staying off the scale and lying to myself about my morbid obesity
2. Binge eating during fire season to soothe myself
3. Binge eating during life transitions to soothe myself
4. Hanging with the "all foods in moderation tribes" so I could binge eat and justify it.
5. Learning one thing (points counting" and not expanding my learning as I aged.

Onward and safe travels to all.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Input requested: weight maintenance topics using Paleo, Low Carb, Keto, and Intermittent Fasting

I'm getting ready to update my blog for the resources page.

1. More Low Carb resources
2. More fasting resources
3. More Keto resources
4. More abstaining resources
5. More lab, gene, and biomarker resources
6. Update my Paleo and Primal resources
7. Update my weight maintenance resources
8. Add a skills list of barriers to weight maintenance and resources or techniques to help

We should be talking about weight maintenance just as much or more as weight loss, in my opinion.

For example, I eat keto foods sometimes, I am keto because I fast, but I cannot do keto and "butter chug"Too much fat makes my muffin top grow. And takes me away from weight maintenance. Many fall into this trap who are like me- needing to weight maintain for joint, heart, and financial health.

Another example: I don't do junk food of any food template. Rarely processed foods in a package.
Sadly the lower carb space has become more junk food oriented than even the points counting space. Unreal. I believe in a free market. I also believe that the culture of cooking at home needs to be at the corner stone of any weight maintenance plan.

I do think  that these two examples are key why some people get to weight maintenance and then regain. It's a recreation of over energy intake combined with packaged products. With any food plan or template.

So what topics or resource links would you like to see? I can't promise anything, but what's on your mind from a weight maintenance perspective?

The low fat crowd keeps telling me I'm going to "die" or "get really, really sick" or "regain all my weight back"."What you are doing is not sustainable" Just to spite them, and in spite of them, I'm still here, almost 7 years later.  Dude, all that happened is that I can still fit into the same sized pants. No gloom, no doom. No coronary calcium deposits. Alive and kicking the nonsense to the curb.

So, I've got a lot of time on my hands. Like the rest of my life. According to my genes, it could very well be into my 90's. A long time to age well.  Might as well update the blog. LOL.

Put your input below or send me an email (from my about page).

I'm doing fine, thanks!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6 years and 4 months in long term weight maintenance

May 2011 to June 2018

Just the facts this month!  Busy living life.

What is working:

1. Limiting screen time
2. Paleo, Low Carb, Keto because I fast 18:6 early  time restricted eating window

It actually works for me. See data below.

What didn't work in the past:

1. Eating skinny cow ice creams while watching The Biggest Loser on TV.
2. Counting points and eating anything and everything, and gaining weight steadily.

But hey, I counted the points. They say it will work.... LOLZ.

Started May 2011
Time in weight maintenance 6 years, 4 months

Starting weight 187.4 lbs

Goal Range 113-125  lbs 
2017 best Goal Weight Range 113 to 116

Current Weight  118.4  lbs
Keeping off    69.0 lbs

Age 51
Menopause 4+years
Hashimotos 20+ years
Height 5'1"

2018 Stats
BMI  today mid-June   22.4
BMI  ave  June          22.4   
BMI ave May            22.4
BMI ave April           22.2
BMI ave March       22.4
BMI ave Feb           22.2
BMI ave January     22.2

2017 Stats    
BMI ave December 22.0
BMI ave November 21.9

Graphs, there will be graphs.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pushing past night time eating,- HINT 18:6 fasting (early in the day) for the win!

March-May 2018 Weight Maintenance

I didn't do my weight update for May 2018 yet.

Here's the latest- place holder for the data update

Solid state #weightmaintenance

Here's what's up in May 2018

1. Normal stress when kid is graduating high school, picking college and transistioning
2. Normal stress when work changes happen. These have been pretty mild, for sure.
3. Common but not normal (for me because I'm in remission from food addiction) wanting to eat to soothe my nerves at night.

Here's what is working

1. Dropping all optional activities except essential activities. Blogging, IG, TV watching take a back seat. Gym, support groups, food prep, tracking all stay

2. Catching a couple of days of over eating (lapse) quickly and forgiving myself and moving on to life.

3. Putting 18:6 fasting into place for as many days as possible. Early in the day eating window (6) fasting 18 hrs.

Not eating at night means

1. Not overeating on even Paleo/LCHF/Keto foods
2. Not going back to old habits
3. Getting better sleep

That's it for now. In a few months, I should have more time to blog. Or not! Time will tell. I'm much more active on my IG and Facebook Pages and of course Twitter (check the side bar on the right for links)

Here's what didn't work in the past  (binge trigger alert)

1. Grab a Skinny Cow Ice cream, count out 1 point of M&M's. Embed into side of sandwich.
2. Grab more M&M's, then eat whole package. Count points like a boss, decide to cut out protein the next day to keep inside my points allowance for the week. Plop on couch. Watch the Biggest Loser while eating the food.
3. Watch TV late into the night. Repeat the next day.

Hope you are all well. Just know that if you are in Food Addiction Recovery, these things happen. Eliminate non-essentials and keep only what you need to stay food sober. Onward.