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Lori, HAHAHAHA about wearing the swimsuit in the house. What a nightmare! Not to mention, it would be so freaking COLD. Where in the world do those people live?

Glad you were able to find what you needed for Gabby without having to go in to Walmart. I do typically shop at Walmart but thus far have not gone there. Just too crowded for my comfort. I've been going to a store that I don't usually go to, but that many people don't use because it is sort of hidden away in a neighborhood community. I'm paying a bit more, probably, but I think the benefit is there at the moment.

Jaz, Super Super glad to hear that your DD seems to be feeling better and turning a corner. Hopefully that is sustained and the kids stay well. How great would that be? Even better if it turns out that there is an immunity to it that they would now have. SO NICE that your Mom is making mask covers for you!

Also very glad that you have a work friend that you are vibing with and is inspiring to you. Love that!

How is your Ohio guy feeling? Enjoy your Jammie day!

Trig, you are a rock, staying so on track. I am amazed. Well, actually not really given what I know of you, but still!

I have definitely caught myself buying treats that I love.. and partaking in them. You were wise to not do that. I am trying to right my ship!

Edit: cross posted with you Trig- Good luck getting the fence up! Sweat out some of that salt!

Blue, look at you!! You are now becoming the Techie one in the group! GO GIRL with your bad self!!

Thanks for sharing that info about the take out. We will be doing it 1-2 times per week and that is really good information that we will use going forward.



Hi all! It's Sunday, in case someone needs to know for some reason.

Things have been fine here. I've had low moments here and there, but I've been able to pop back from them before too long, which is good. I think it is important to have those low moments sometimes, but also important to try hard not to get stuck there for too long.

So in good news, I have been walking daily. I think I have hit 10K pretty much every day since we left for that Moutain House trip in March. I did discover, oddly, that wearing my trail runners actually did NOT make my feet happy. They have more cushion/impact resistance in some ways but there must not be much in the way of arch support because the middle of my feet were not happy about it. So I'm switching back to my sneakers.

I have, however, been eating pretty much whatever I want. While not binging wildly or anything, I am definitely eating more, and more often than I need to. The scale stayed static for a surprisingly long time, but it has gone up now nearly a pound and a half, so it is time to ratchet back. I am baby stepping back toward a lower carb count. Not LOW, but lowER. Plus, I want to be mindful of how my gut is doing. Oddly, all the gut issues that I had going on have resolved and I REALLY do not want them coming back!

The kids are doing fine. The boys are enjoying being together, which I love. They did some yard work for us yesterday, trimming the grasses around the pool, which we will open in a month. Rob hung my sky chair from the front cherry tree, and I set up an anti-gravity chair on the back deck. The weather is getting so nice and will keep doing so this month! I am adjusting to being back to full-time Mom, a family of four, and having 'children' who NEVER leave the house. If you think about it, that kind of togetherness usually stops by preschool age!

I've also decided to decrease my online time. I will still have plenty but I'm spacing it out and being more deliberate about it. Trying to flesh out a way to better use my time but still be gentle on myself, you know? I do want to work on the garage now that it is warming up, do some weeding, get a housekeeping schedule going, stuff like that. I also want to really try to focus on reading again- I have been struggling with concentration there.

Spent some time talking to my May doula client last night. I tell you, it is a hard and scary time to have a baby. I feel for her. The other client fell through, unfortunately, but I also completely understand. If I had a newborn, I would be very hesitant to bring outside people in. I don't fault her for that at all.

Anyway, that about sums it up. DH is doing much better, after a rocky week last week with long phone calls and voting and fallout from that. Things seem to be stabilizing. We may be looking at some financial discomfort for a bit, but one thing I am is a good money manager, and if they have to stop his paychecks for a few months, we can navigate that. Hopefully they won't, but if they do, we'll be fine.

It's Spring Break for DS18 this week. YAY I am really glad about that. We could all use the break! I'll be leading him into a college decision over this week.
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Good Sunday Morning!

NIC- - I think that the weather warming up and giving us a break in that area is a huge help in all of this. It would be MISERABLE to have to actually not only "shelter in place" but not get outside for a walk- or soak up some sun!

I think having a schedule is key when you are home. I really had to do that when I was working from home. Even though I was working I did struggle a bit with...... I will pop in a load of laundry, clean the kitchen, knock off early. There was no rhyme or reason to it. The line sort of blurred work/life balance.

I think it is sorta cool you have the family back together! Does your DD and SIL come over often? How are they doing with the shelter in place? We joked at work their is going to be a boom in 9 months of Covid babies! HAHAHAHAH- I mean, you are stuck in the house with your love, food, drinks, music, - yup we will want a report! Nothing like being a grandma! It is amazing!!!!! I know in due time!!! HAHAHAH

Sorry to hear about a possible pay cut. I know what your hubby does....... Well I guess if everyone is home nobody gets in trouble right? Well I do know you all will be fine with you at the helm!
I feel for the people who are really struggling with no rainy day fund.

I am telling you - the comfort eating is a real thing right now country wide. I am hearing even reporters talk about when they go back to work they will need new clothes because they are all in yoga pants! Meal time is the highlight of the day when you are stuck in the house with nothing to do!
So I hear you- you are not alone in that!

Trig- Yup- best to get your yard and barn, fencing finish- we have rain rolling in.
I am going to cook up some bacon 2 packs for this week! I still have 4 more in the freezer. For some reason the stores are really keeping stocked up on bacon, eggs and now beef is plentiful. So we are good!!!!
Your salt bloat will be gone tomorrow- just water up!

Lori- - Gads on crappy weather. Yea my son lives in OH and has been complaining of the cold! It is hard to pry ones self out of the house in the cold. Hang in there you are just a week or so behind us.
Sometimes it is nice to just take a walk. I was thinking you might want to think about your next race. You signed up already for one right? Surely by the time it rolls around you will be Golden. Have you ever heard of the Peachtree race here in GA? It is one of the biggest in the country. They are taking applications now. If you are interested you would need to sign up now. They are saying that right now is the time to sign up because applications are down a bit. It happens July 4th. Something to look at!
Of course if you were here we would hang!!!!

Blue- - so do you have a standing appt now with your Zoom buddies? I just loved you got re-connected with your gal pals. So important right now in where we are all- home!

How is DS doing? I think of him often. I am fond of him the way we are all fond of each others kids on here. I feel as if I know them all! That is such a blessing we share our families with each other.

I so agree that - yes we might not always agree on everything- we are family on here too!!!!! We were blessed to have been able to meet even!
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Yup- I am fully PAINFULLY aware it is Sunday! I love my time at home. You would think with me having had the last 6 weeks off I would be rearing to go.

It's funny how fast I go right back into work mode and love my time off. That WAS the beautiful part of traveling. Work 13 weeks then off for 3 repeat. But hey- maybe it wasn't met to be right at this time. I can always decide I want to travel again, or not at this point.

So yes my mom said she would bust out 24 masks before tonight so I will have them to present tomorrow morning!
One for every person in my dept! I can imagine when the rest of the hospital sees them she will have more requests than she knows what to do with. She is doing the ones for our dept for free. She will then have another batch Wed. So everyone can have 2. Always a clean one. This is right up her ally

So, you all know that mom and I have a ton of issues. But when she is in her element doing what she does best is when she shines beautifully. This is truly one of those times. She truly has the gift of sewing, plus this gives her a real purpose, especially at this time when everyone is just sitting around.
So I am very grateful- I know my dept. will be too! I am hopeful they will at least send her a thank you card. If not I will get one and have everyone sign it, and mail it to her. She will love that.

Today- chilly but expected to really warm up. Rain later in late day. Today is laundry day and a walk. That is it. I will prep some dishes for the up coming week as well! I like to prep through Wed. Walk in and have dinner to just heat. The last thing I feel like doing after working a full day and driving home is cooking.

I feel really good physically. I am seriously trying to use the weekend to recharge and self care before I walk into the war zone again.
We all have huge adrenaline running coupled with such sadness at work. Everything is Covid, Covid, Covid. We get updates all day long. It also is a evolving plan. What might work in the morning needs shifted in the afternoon to assist other units, or accommodate patients.

The biggest issue for my dept. right now is where to send these patients that are medically stable to discharge - but they have all been exposed to Covid. They need to go to rehab, or a skilled nursing facility and nobody what to accept them, for obvious reason. So they hold up the bed for someone who desperately needs them. That then leads to fuller and fuller and fuller. We do have the "white party tents" being staffed by the medical national gaud out front. But we are full capacity.

So now the plan is... at least on Friday was to send the stable patients to our sister smaller hospitals to allow for hight acuity patients to come in. but even at best those will fill up. Then what? I am glad I am not in management right now. You know after being in management for the last 3-5 years I know the "look" I am seeing in management. This glazed and sad look of OMG what do we do.

I am happy as a lark to just have a worker bee job and go home and only worry about me. They are adding to my purse well to be a worker bee I might add. I found out Fri. that they added an additional grand bonus, it will be spread out. But hey- no complaints here. They added 6 grand to what I ask for and I upped that by 6 grand.
So I am doing better than traveling at the moment, without paying for 2 places, so really I am better off in that regard. Which is great. Time to pay off bills and start the rainy day fun again. Enough of that. I am grateful to have a job.

Is the job tough? It is the hardest I have had in my 21 years of nursing. The actual job is not super hard. I still have a learning curve- with process here ect. It is the Covid- and all it entails is something in my lifetime I have never experienced. It is war time nursing. It's something I never want to experience again. It will be time for me to retire if another pandemic hits.

They are comparing this to the 1918- and say it's worse on many levels. When the virus is over we (worldwide) and our country will be left with picking up the pieces from an economy stand point. Truly it is going to take a few years to bounce back in my thoughts. But we will bounce back. I also think we will as a country have learned some lessons from all of this. Lessons learned will be personally and from a country stand point. I know for me I will be better prepared for an emergency, regardless of what it is.

Also from a personal stand point, not to take tomorrow for granted. A better appreciation of people, time, and the simple things in life we rush by.

My neighbor and I had a conversation yesterday- She sat in her drive way and I sat in mine- about 50-70 feet. It was nice to touch base. Her mom is not fairing well. She is also losing hours at warp speed and will most likely be outta work next week. Good news she can collect unemployment.

Well- I am off to put in first load, sheets, bedding, towels. this means a fresh delightful bed to crawl into. I MIGHT get to this closet today! Sighhhhhhhhhh...... we all know I won't....

Have a good one ladies
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Oh..... PS

So I am a fan of Chip and Joanna Gains. I really like them- and enjoyed their show. I get her magazine. Anyway she is doing a 1 hour special at noon EST on Food network. "Home with Joanna in the kitchen."
I will have it on as I go about my chores. - OK just wanted to share that!

Off to dump in first laundry load!
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mowed my lawn, did 3 batches of laundry, clean both bathrooms. swept, dusted, clean every surface in my house -

Tired-

Will be in bed by 8. - need to get up at 430. - we have 33 in my dept. So I will go and pick up 18 mask. And the rest in the next day or so.

Mowed- can you all believe that!!!!!

WOE- Ate a 'meal" small meal a roll up- then ended up just tasting the rest of what I was making for the rest of the week. Plenty of food.

I am tired so I think I will be asleep ok -

WHERE ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WOW.....you had a productive day, Jaz! The only thing I did was go for a 3 mile walk and make some dinner.

I hope your week is not too horrific, but I know it will be bad. Stay strong & healthy. Hope your DD continues to improve.

Will be thinking about you this week.
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Hi all,

Saw this on the net: "Remember when you were little and your underwear had the days of the week on it? We could use some of those about now."

Sunday? Or is it Ground Hog Day? Again.

Nic---I think it's so cool that your boys are making a fort and hanging out together. I LOVE forts. Any kind of fort in the storm. Haha. Seriously though, my pal had a tree house, and my dad built me a little house/fort in the back yard and we went from one on to the other all summer long. Not to mention the many forts we made of sofa cushions and sheets, and the forts we made out of the piles of leaves in the street before the dads came out at night and burned them---when you could still do that---then it was s'more time. SIGH. I think a lot about "the good old days" these days. For your boys I would think that building a fort in these times would feel like a return to childhood, at least for a bit of time, and right about now, that's a very good thing.

I'm w/you on the scale girl. Was holding steady for these last weeks despite not being on plan most of the time. But this morning, 2 lbs up. At least you're walking a lot, which is great. Gotta get on that more. Have done it a few times in the last week, but dang, I have to drag myself out there.

Trig---I know the fence work isn't fun, but it seems it could be tiring in a good way and definitely productive. Plus you're outdoors w/no worries about crowds and other people. Also sounds like a lot of exercise to me.

Meh on the bacon/salt water retention. That's all it is y'know, and it will disappear when you take a break from the bacon/salt. A day or two off it and presto, gone girl.

Jaz---SO HAPPY, your daughter is doing better!!! And your son must be near recovery by now too. How about your friend?

Loved reading about you having a mellow/chill weekend. Lord knows you needed it. Cool that you put your chairs out at the end of the drive way and chatted w/your neighbor. People are doing that a lot here now that it's nicer.

And hey, as long as you're more in the money right now, again, check out downloading ACORN for the series "A Place Called Home." You'll love the fifties fashions and it's a "page turning" story. It might be on Amazon too.

Lori---Hey girl, you're not alone in the off plan department here as I know you've read. But you are our exercise queen, followed by Nic these days, and yeah, I think that will really help.

And yeah, got a huge charge out of the concept of wearing your bathing suit around the house to remind you to eat better. Now that's my definition of masochistic, particularly in these times, but hey anytime. Yeah. No.

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Super lazy weekend for me. Yep, as I've said, I'm up and down like a Yo-yo. Not up or down today, just "am." And that's OK. Ok is the new fab.

Hubs and I have spent most of the afternoon binging the 3rd season of Ozark. Which is very good. Dark, yes, but not the kind of dark we're living now, and not the king of dark any of us would ever find ourselves in. Laura Linney is freaking AMAZING in this, and Justin Bateman is like you've never seen him. What's so good about it is that it is at its root, always the story of a once normal family, still trying to be normal in the crazy world they end up in---inch by inch the decisions they make, while loving and worrying about their kids and arguing over dinner over things familiar to us all. If any of that appeals to you, you gotta start w/season 1 w/this one for sure.

I have read so many books I forget what I just finished. But as is true since I read my first book all by myself, reading saves me, takes me away, engages me in these days like few other things do. This weekend is the first time I've been able to really focus on series/movies.

Have had no interest in my art projects, or in this last week, writing. It comes and goes. I KNOW I'm going to have to create my own energy by "just doing it" even when I don't feel like it. How is it that w/all the time in the world one can have such a hard time getting things done?!?!

I have some answers for that to be filed in a later post---"The Life and times of the corona Virus." It's sure a world turned upside down. And I miss my peeps---zoom is fine, but it ain't the same.

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Good MONDAY for all you who do not know what today is!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

I just got off the Amazon website. I ordered an oxygen finger monitor. It is on back order- 2 weeks. I searched every website. That is the quickest I could get one. I am hoping I don't NEED it. I should have one on hand though.

What I am hearing over and over and over is that it is hard to breathe if you are infected, BUT you have enough 02- just feels like you don't.
Being the nurse in me I want numbers. Both my kids said they really struggled for 2-3 really hard nights. My DS said he was scared he would not wake up.
Thankfully both are over the hump. My DD is still on inhalers and weak, but she is doing better. She did say it was the sickest she has ever been. She swears I gave it to her- I doubt it. She could have picked it up at the grocery! Who knows, just happy she is doing better, and the littles are fine.

So I got up at 4:30- ugh........ I need to leave here though at 6:30 to pick up the face masks- then it will be a 45 min drive to the hospital. I will be up on the unit today.

I made some green tea- over ice to take in. It's an immunity boost. You all might want to consider it. I am not a fan, but I add a passion fruit bag to it to help the taste (herbal).
I am also taking prenatal vitamins. I am reading that zinc is a huge help with fighting this.

"They" are saying this week and next are going to be peak with this virus. They are saying to stay out of grocery stores this week and next. Just passing along information- do what you will with it.

I feel good. I am happy my grass is short cut! I aways like it shorter. I have weeds, but not a fan of weed killer with a dog.

Ok- well I guess I should scoot!!!!! - Off to earn my keep. Back later with personals! But I wrote a book yesterday!
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Good Morning!

Jaz.....it is SO good to hear you are feeling good and you actually sound peppy! Try to keep that attitude girl.....it will see you through. I appreciate any and all advice you can give. I have heard that we're to avoid the stores this week. If I have to go, I'll go very early in the morning...before many people are up and about.

Blue.....I love that you and DH get into watching TV series together. My DH has no interest in "stories". For him it's either sports or history/nature. Thankfully, we both enjoy the history/nature shows, but some of his sports shows....where they talk and argue...drive me crazy!

Trig.....you're making me hungry for bacon! I got some at the butcher shop on Saturday and also some loose sausage that I may fry up today.

Nic.....you are getting those steps in! Sounds like a good idea to get off line a bit. I am on my computer WAY too much. Even when I'm running or walking, I'm plugged in!

I just let the cat out and the sunrise is beautiful! The horizon is just lit up with beautiful shades of pink, yellow & red. Today is supposed to be beautiful....mid 60's. I have to take advantage of it as later this week they say we may even have some wet snow flakes.....WHAT?? Ugh. Not going to think about that. I'll get out today.....may even break out the running shorts! Woohoo!

I'm going to call today and order Easter dinner for DH, me & Betty. One of our favorite restaurants is doing Easter dinner for pick up next Sunday. I've wanted to support this business, so I think it's a good opportunity. I will have to make Betty's candied sweet potatoes as they are not on the menu, but no problem there. It will require a trip to the grocery store some day this week. Who ever thought that a simple trip to the grocery store would be such an anxiety producing event? Sigh.....

Hugs to you all!
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WHAT a day........... putting down my dot. Listen you SLACKERS..... if I can post after a LONG ARSE day at Corona R us....... you all (no names) Except Lori- was here .......... You all can post a dot!
I am saying this is fun! We need each other- I need you!

Work was OK- busy busy busy...... Was up at 430- tomorrow will be another 430. Then I will be able to sleep in until the late hour of 530.

So far feeling good. They are going to be doing temp checks every shift. They keep asking for us to go back to bedside. I told them again I was uncomfortable.

So then I got a call from the VP of the special emergency services. Who said that there are alot of staff that could be "refreshed"- I said I would think about it. They are expecting half the front line to go down in the next few weeks and need bedside providers. I will think on it.
I think I am already front live. But honestly if hands on care go down it would be disastrous. We already have national guard. Goodness I can't wait till this nightmare over.

DD continuers to SLOWLY improve day by day!

WOE- didn't happen today. Tomorrow a new day. It was a one meal comfort, it was just not high on list. I just wanted what I wanted and you know, it is what it is. Is the scope of things it ranked low.

I know that not everyone feels that way. Low carb our way. Right now my goal is to not gain anymore, just to maintain. I will drill down when I can, and when all this crazy is over I will be back 110%. My goal is to live through this. F'it if I had little red potatoes at dinner with my salmon. And THEY WERE DARN GOOD.
Sorry if I tempted- just chatting.

Hope you all healthy and well and happy -

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