- New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
- This blog is dedicated to the low-carb menu challenge presented by Jimmy Moore. I'm living the Louisiana low carb lifestyle, where low-carb is the new way to go ! I live southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana....have three awesome kids. We are deep down in the heart of sweet Cajun Country, where we kick back and relax, go hunting, fishing, or make groceries! My doctor told me that my blood pressure numbers were getting too high, so I had to loose weight. She challenged me with ten pounds in three months. That was October 7, 2008. I lost 26 pounds !!! In February of 2011, I found that I had gained a few pounds more than I would have liked, weighing in at 170 pounds. I had to get back into the swing of living the low carb life again !! I am loving the 'low-carb' style and wish to contiue it . I exercise three times a week at the gym, and off the 'off' days, I learn to RELAX !! November 2011, finds me in different circumstances -- a new lifestyle, great community of friends and a challenge to keep that 45 pounds that I lost OFF. Feel free to read my blog, browse around, or just sit a spell!!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
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ENJOY THE SPIRIT OF MARDI GRAS !!
For Lunch today, I ate two sunny side up eggs and a bacon , lettuce and tomato sandwich on my low carb breadmachine bread.
Dinner, one cheeseburger patti and five skinless boneless char broiled chicken nuggets, with 2 tablespoons of peas and a little bit of mashed potato.
I exercised for one hour with 'Fit TV' (cable channel) and walked 20 minutes on the treadmill.
I have to say that after our venture on St. Charles Ave. last nite, that its probably the ONLY place on Earth that allows PRIVATE PORT-O-LETS on neutral grounds !! I passed by hundreds of these port-o-potty's with LOCKS ON THEM. They all had "PRIVATE" signs on the doors above the locks. Some Entrepreneur even thought of charging $1 to use it. Said it was for CHARITY. Some people even charged you to let you park in their yard !! Others put garbage cans on public streets to 'save a spot' for friends and family. LOL ONLY in New Orleans.
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Today is Lundi Gras !!
Fat Monday is getting as wild as Fat Tuesday in the Greater New Orleans area with parades, music and revelry starting at 10 a.m. and stretching on into the night.
Read all about the meaning of Lundi Gras below :
Happy Lundi Gras :)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I guess since I had not been to the gym since last Wednesday, it is starting to show. This week I upped my carb intake because I thought i was good I had lost the 30 pounds... well, I'm going to have to reevaluate THAT train of thought.
For todays lunch, I had tuna fish on my homemade low carb bread & some ground meat cooked with egglplant.
Quite a combo aye ?
The weather is beautiful and parades are rolling today. Yall have a Blessed One !@
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I've looked at my life, my accomplishments, etc. I've also looked at my trials and tribulations... or I should say -- 'others' trials and tribulations..' and I shake my head in amazement at what makes people tick sometimes.
I've come a bit down to Earth since last night. I received news that my 50 year old brother, who was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer awhile back , needs an operation to get the tumors out of his liver. This consists of a 5 -7 hour operation, and then they will 'resection it'. My goodness. Its almost unbearable thinking about it.
I love my brother to death. He is the one 'constant' in my life that I can rely on. He is my 'rock'.
Nothing can make this 'feeling' go away. I keep wondering if there is something more I can do, to give him the 'encouragement' and prayer along the way that I sought when I was loosing my weight. I feel somehow I have failed him.
We can go along in life without acknowledging the good that others bring to our daily lives. We acknowledge our own accomplishments, but really -- I'd give it all back just to make him feel a wee bit better.
Its just when things get dark and heavy, I need something to hang onto, his hand in mine, and together we can get through his surgery, knowing he gave it his all, and we were there for each other.
I cannot let another minute go by without wondering if all that I do is ever 'enough'. I do a lot for my family and for myself, but just how much do I REALLY do for others ? I'm going to have to evaluate that with continuous prayer.
Sometimes, Big Easy on Low Carb ISN'T SO EASY.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
At 134, I think that is quite commendable. However, I cannot decide just where to go from here. I do know that I need to keep up with the low carb regime, but perhaps adding a few more fruits and less starchy carb veggies. Is it time to explore other options ? I think so.
Now that I'm 'mastered' the technique to 'get the weight' off -- what now ?? I really have no desire to go below 130 pounds. So , I guess the next technique would be 'maintaining'.. the 'good weight ?'' I'm not so sure where to begin.
A few things I would like to do would be :
(1) Not go below 130 pounds.
(2) Keep the weight OFF, but not go above 140.
(3) Learn how to eat better (either adding more carbs,) but which ones and how ?
(4) Exercising to get the muscles toned where the weight came off the most and SHOWS.. (neck area, upper back arms, etc).
Is there anybody out there that has REACHED their weight loss goals, and then asked, NOW WHAT ? I'd sure like to talk with them. Any ideas, url's etc, to help me on this goal. I'm so excited I am where I am now, and feel so blessed. At the same time, I'm beginning on a NEW JOURNEY, and I ask for your help. Is there anybody out there ???
For breakfast this morn, I ate four Jimmie Dean sausages on my homemade low carb bread. Touch of mayo to satisfy the palate !
Friday, February 13, 2009
The Universe of Valentine
In the Beginning there was only God:
with love in his heart;
the deep, deep affection of Valentine.
The word is love;
the excitement of "God's Heart: is just fine;
togetherness of universe love:
is "My Valentine."
So God created the heaven and the earth;
The Valentine of the universe.
Six days of heavenly love;
rolled around in God's heart;
until the complete development of God's love
"The Valentine of the Universe."
God carried the universe in his heart
from the beginning to no end:
of a true, true, friend.
A friend forever;
that's what God is:
the only , only "Valentine"
that will let you live.
Then God made man the
Valentine of his love;
a deep, deep, affection
from up above.
The garden of paradise was
their first home;
the heavenly Valentine
Adam and Eve were there names;
the beautiful, beautiful love in God's heart,
The Valentine of physical life.
The offspring of God's love;
the recording history of Valentine;
the feeling is all man's;
the Valentine from God's hands.
Physically, physically, true:
love in the whole universe
the Valentine of yesterday
today, and tomorrow, and the future.
The fulfillment in God's heart:
the center of love:
the Valentine of eternal life.
Physically God has done all things for me.
The love in God's heart is "My Valentine".
The love of God's own hands:
the love that fought the battle
to the promised land:
God give himself so mankind could win:
The Valentine to eternal life.
Remeber that 'special somone' on Valentines Day !
Have a Blessed Day !
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Today, I went to the gym and worked out for an hour.
For lunch I made a hamburger patti, on my homemade bread with lettuce tomato and pickles.
For supper, I made a mixed meat sandwich consisting of turkey, ham, etc and a slice of cheese on 2 slices of wheat bread.
I"m just pooped out after this afternoon of traveling. It rained most of the day here as well, so it kinda set the mood I am in. Can you tell ??
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Think you don't have time to work out?
You do. It's the intensity of your workout that's key, especially if you don't have much time. A short-burst, high-intensity workout boosts your metabolism and tones muscles. Get moving with this 30-minute "quickie" routine that includes cardio training and resistance training for each major muscle group.
If you're new to exercise, over 40, have a health problem, or take regular medication, check with your doctor before starting a fitness program.
After working out at the gym for one hour AND walking with my husband yesterday, I was too pooped to post !
He found a trail along the levee around here, beautiful scenic waterways, cypress trees, wildlife, etc.. so I decided to 'tag along' yesterday. It was a five-mile journey into the swamp there along the levee. We were dashing cow patties as we strutted along on yet another beautiful day.
He was very impressed that I could keep up with him. He's over 50 and I'm over the hill. He's
6 ft tall and I'm 5'4" and I'm very much vertically challenged.. so imagine to every three of his 'stridng steps', I'm taking ONE. But Bayoubabe had a stragetic plan in mind.... =)
My fellow blogger readers will well know by now, my secret walking weapon is my one and only Leslie Sansone DVD's I SWEAR by these. I can do FIVE MILES IN ONE HOUR with her latest dvd that is out !! So, to my husband's surprise... I WAS able to keep up with him and without too much of a sweat. On our journey back home, I passed him up and yelled to him .."OUT OF SHAPE!!" in jest. He is just now getting himself going again physically, which I applaud. He is a shift worker, so having precious time to exercise in our humid, rainy, mosquito filled atmosphere out here -- is almost null.
I've been eating pretty good lately. Today for lunch, I had a Subway Ham and Turkey Salad. Its really good. Hope your day is going along well also !
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Welcome,,,, Pootie to The Big Easy !! http://todayiatea.blogspot.com/
Its a wonderful thang when people drop in , but to have someone from out of state AND a fellow lo carber -- how much more can this suuthern gal handle ??
We sat and spoke, shared stories, and well, she's just one heck of a gal :)
We had Santa Ana winds in our city today (Imagine That), and the sky was just as beautiful as Pootie :))
Cheers to this fellow lo carber. I feel blessed to have met her -- and hope to meet her again.
Breakfast consisted of Eggs and sausage. Lunch was Hillshire Farm Smoked Summer Sausage on wheat bread and my 100 calorie Cheetos Puffs :)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
<<-- January 2008
At 5' 4" I am SO vertically challenged ! Today, I weighed in at 136, for a grand total of 28 pounds lost, and I have KEPT IT OFF !!
As told in a recent blog, it took me 10 days to loose the last pound. I had a sick child at home for five days, and I had not been to the gym to exercise in that amount of time.
So as the saying goes, time to move onward. I am almost at where I want to be, but am not sure just exactly 'where' is. I really have no desire to weigh under 130 pounds, so I'll worry about that bridge when I get there. I am VERY pleased with my progress. As many have you have pointed out, a pound here, a pound there adds up eventually !
Thank you for being my virtual soul and spirit out there. It is very encouraging to have a small circle of low-carb friends from around the world.. Most of all, thank you to Jimmy Moore :)
Blessings to everyone !:)
Webmd.com has a plethora of low carb info this morn :)
The low carb diet craze is going strong with books like the south beach diet topping the best seller list. Now food-manufacturers are getting in on the "low carb" trend
High Protein, Low Carb Diets
Best Foods to Fuel your workout
Have a Blessed Day !
Friday, February 6, 2009
For Lunch :
Chicken salad on my low carb homemade bread. Lettuce and tomato adorned it.
1 cup Smartford pop corn (7 carbs)
Diet Rite Cola.
Have a Blessed Day !
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Oh my goodness ! I feel like such a lonesome tumbleweed.
Its been the most hectic four days of this year. (and the year's just begun !). I'm back in the saddle again. Our youngest was sick for FOUR days... yes count them. I've been w/o sleep for a majority of three of them. Did he have the flu ? Strep ? Nope. He just had a really bad sinus infection -- so bad he had fever of 103+ for the last four days that never broke. Things got so bad yesterday, that I did the suppository thang, as he was beginning to throw up. FINALLY the fever broke last night. Just how many doses of Tylenol and Motrin did he have ? I failed to count it was that many.
Guess things have a way of slowing us down, don't they ? Not only did it slow my son down (We are catching up on three days of missed schoolwork here). I have not been to the gym since last Friday ! I have been doing the treadmill when I could, but just did not muster up the energy to do the Leslie Sansone DVD's.
I plan to go to the gym tomorrow (crossing fingers here and praying he's better tomorrow enough to go to school). and I'm going to the gym Friday as well. I doubt I've lost any weight, but hey, I know I haven't gained any, so that's good, right ?
I need something to hold onto here. My sanity -- oh wait @! I think that left on the second day.
Cooking-wise.. I have a loaf of low-carb bread baking in the bread machine and a low carb recipe consisting of boneless skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker. (Can't wait to try this as it is my FIRST low carb slow-cooker recipe. IF things come out good. I'll post pics.)
Have a Blessed Day !
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A low carb party? Is it possible? Yes! Here are ideas for your Super Bowl Party this Sunday, with finger foods and classic Super Bowl fare – only low in starches and sugars.When people walk in the door there should be nibbles out, such as these Five Minute Sweet and Spicy Pecans. And since vegetables should always near the center of any food event, have a platter of raw and blanched veggies for dipping, along with some healthy Garlic Parmesan Flax Crackers. For dips, try my Super-Easy Guacamole or Four Red Pepper Dip (a yummy blend of sweet, spicy, smoky, and piquant red chilis).