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 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/weight-loss-for-busy-physicians/id1199570390?mt=2

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Food Trigger video discussion with Jessica Dudley at Everyday Success- March 2018, behind the scenes






LINK to the video is here: Facebook, publish date was 3/23/2018

Video interview via Facebook Binge Triggers- Jessica Dudley


BONUS: behind the scenes of the video interview.

-1 minute : Recording in my car (as to not awake sleeping teen) does not work, head to desk

20 seconds in, cat approaches

1:22, cat tries to eat the side of the iPad

1:47, trying not to bust out laughing because that cat is still trying to knock the whole iPad off the desk.

2:52, Wondering if I can reposition iPad while describing Instagram accounts and why I'm a food addict in recovery and still take photos of my food ( I still have to eat, YO!, just not my trigger foods) What people think I eat is often wildly off the mark.

13:45  FROZEN. LOL.

14:00 "Legal" Paleo, LCHF, Keto foods- YEAH!!! Just because it's labeled that way doesn't mean it's going to be good for weight maintenance. I keep getting told about the baloney products out there... all the nopes for me.

15:00 That drive from Monterrey to Morro Bay in California is a long, long drive. I recommend 2 drivers on that one. No dried fruit.

16:30 Talking about different ways to "get high" after resolving food highs. Transfer addiction is totally real.

23:30 I could stand up but I'm going to dump my coffee and my iPad. LOL. That will wake up the cat who will want to destroy the iPad.

33:00 My new car has an accurate gas gauge.

All right. That's it for today. Cat is still trying to take out the iPad....
Teen slept through the interview and has not run out of gas.
Pray my old car makes it until the fall of 2018.



iPad destruction is imminent 



Sunday, March 18, 2018

6 years, 1 month update March 2018 Weight Maintenance

May 2011 to March 2018 Long Term Weight Maintenance

May 2011 to March 2018 Long Term Weight Maintenan





















I'm still about 2-3 pounds over my best weight, but that's the way the LCHF avocado slices.  LOL.

Really, finally feeling better from a super, super mild cold. I'm always a few pounds heavier. Nothing that more consecutive fasting days, monitoring my total intake, and keeping good stress relief going.


Few binge urges this month. It happens. It's going to happen. Maybe one lapse on... pork rinds. Whatever. Food addiction is a disease of liars. So yeah, I had 2 servings of pork rinds. Not doing that again for a long time. For reals. Pork is no, 2 servings of pork. Yeah, that's a lapse in the house of Karen.

Facing it head on and using my tools. Got right back on track.

No off switch. Using My Fitness Pal and Fitbit for the win!

What's working now
1. Daily weighing
2. Recording on My Fitness Pal
3. Monitoring my activity on Fitbit
4. Recovering in 1 meal from a lapse
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
3. Not monitoring my activity
4. Attempting to recover after 2-3 months from my primary binge
5. Using even a mild cold to binge eat comfort foods.


Started May 2011
Time in weight maintenance 6 years, 1 month

Starting weight 187.4 lbs

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

Current Weight  118.6  lbs
Keeping off    68.8  lbs



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

2018 Stats
BMI  today mid-march    22.4
BMI  ave  half of 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.