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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Weight maintenance podcast recommendation: Weight Loss for Busy Physicians Katrina Ubell, MD

Weight Loss for Busy Physicians Katrina Ubell, MD

You don't have to be a MD to get a lot out of Dr. Ubell's podcasts. She gets right to the nitty gritty on

1. Thought processes
2. Practical ways to think about permanent weight loss
3. Address common pitfalls
4. Answers questions
5. Is a Mom and practicing MD

You don't have to be an MD to get a lot of take away information.  Do it, take a listen.

I have episode #66- Getting Up Close and Personal with Hunger as a favorite in my podcast player.

iTunes link

My April and early May update soon!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

6 years, 2 months long term weight maintenance 2018- Solid State!!!

Photos or it didn't happen.. LOL. 

I'm proud of myself for the month of March and for early April 2018. Solid state weight maintenance. Slightly higher plateau than my "best" weight maintenance range. I'll take a steady weight maintenance over a pivot, trend, or just out of control weight gain any day. Because my obesity really, really wants to come back. 

March and early April 2018 brought a mild cold and some big stresses. Nothing that couldn't be managed, though. Without over eating due to stress. With food choices that work. With 18:6 fasting. With a lot of walks at the beach. 

April 2018: I've connected with a new Low Carb San Diego group. Once I vet them out for not being a sales funnel or anything too funky, I'll blog about it. On the light side so many great groups and on the dark side so many folks selling books, products, and stuff without solid claims. 

Keep with the peeps getting results. That promote sane solutions. Start by not chasing ketones. Start by chasing results. Truth!

Oh, and my first DEXA scan soon. Hmmm. I'm a data geek so facing bone loss or needing to decrease my body fat % is nothing to hide. I may not blog about my results right away... 

Cat photo: Double Tortititude

What's working now
1. Daily weighing
2. Recording food intake on My Fitness Pal
3. Monitoring my activity on Fitbit
4. Meditation 4-5 days per week
5. LCHF, Keto, 18:6 fasting most days

What didn't work in the past
1. Not weighing in often
2. Not recording my food intake
3. Not monitoring my activity
4. Using food to soothe feelings
5. Eating low fat, high carb, low points snacks that were candy bars in reality!

DATA is KING, Queen and the court. 

Time in weight maintenance 6 years, 2 months

Starting weight 187.4 lbs

Goal Range 113-125  lbs 
2017 best Goal Weight Range 113 to 116
2018 accepted goal weight ranges 113 to 119

Current Weight  117.4  lbs
Keeping off    70  lbs

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

2018 Stats
BMI  today (mid April)   22.3
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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Karen's Top 20 Tips for Weight Maintenance

Upon Request:

Karen Parrott’s 20 Weight Maintenance Tips-
Keeping 70 pounds off 6 years. Previously obese or yo-yoing for 40 years. I’m almost 52 years old.
I’ve been in menopause 4 years.
Hashimoto’s controlled with synthroid 20 years.
  1. Weigh daily, record data
  2. I address shifts and trends in my weight every 4–5 days
  3. I Abstain from my trigger foods ( all grains, nuts, most emulsifiers like guar gum & xanthan gum) I’m also dairy free
  4. I fast most days 18 hrs. Eating window is 6 hrs, early in the day
  5. I track all foods on My fitness pal
  6. I wear a Fitbit and walk 60 mins min per day
  7. I eat low carb, higher natural fat, LCHF, I am in a low level of Keto because I intermittent fast
  8. I don’t use satiety as a stop signal since I know that I don’t get normal stop or satiety signals all the time.
  9. I get support from other low carb & Keto groups including online, conferences in real life
  10. I get as good of sleep as I can
  11. I meditate often
  12. I strength train 2x per week
  13. I measure my glucose occasionally to keep my risk of type 2 diabetes low. Berries I can eat, bananas no
  14. I monitor HS-CRP, triglycerides, glucose, HA1c and joint pain to keep inflammation low.
  15. I mange my thyroid meds I had auto-immune disease in 1997 and do not want to increase cardiac risk. Nor have more auto immune diseases
  16. I weigh and measure my food
  17. I batch cook and bring my own food to work. I will not eat anything that I didn’t bring myself. Except when coworkers bring in herbs, lemons, avocados seasonaly.
  18. I am selective when eating out.
  19. I don’t buy or keep junk food in my house. Any junky food is kept on a pantry shelf for others. I won’t eat from that shelf
  20. I don’t kid myself or make excuses. I don’t play a victim. I take full responsibility for what I do and don’t need to do. I won’t engage food pushers or others sabbatoge.
My obesity wants to come back. I won’t let it.