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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, April 29, 2011

You've got a Low Carb FRIEND !!

In this community of low carb.. You have a friend.. ME ! I am accountable for what I eat, and when I exercise. If you ever have any questions about my routine, or meals, please feel free to drop me an email : bayoubabe@gmail.com

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My chicken cheese quesadilla was great ! I found a different brand. La Tortilla Factory torillas. The Total carb is 10 grams, Net carbs are THREE.




The steamed mixed veggies were 8 carbs. Wow, what a delicious lunch !




For supper, I had ham and mixed cheese on two slices of wheat toast. About 17 carbs. 1/2 banana, 8 carbs.

I did a bodypump and a RPM class at Anytime Fitness this morning.

Hope yall have a GREAT WEEKEND !!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

High Protein Diet Slideshow

http://www.webmd.com/diet/slideshow-high-protein-diet

(OR just click on the TITLE ... it will get you there !!)

Webmd.com has a fascinating slideshow containing some interesing information for those considerng a High Protein diet.

The Goal Is Weight Loss.

High-protein diets take a page from the low-carb craze. The goal is to lose weight by eating more protein-packed foods, which often means consuming fewer carbohydrates. The portion of total calories derived from protein is what defines a high-protein diet. In a typical diet 10%-15% of daily calories come from protein. In a high-protein diet, this number can be as high as 30%-50%.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's all in the Technique...






Hi ! I hope everyone had a fun filled day today. I'm still trying to sort out this three week mix up in my schedule ! Since I am at the ball park now on Tuesday and Thursday nights, I decided to walk around the walking paths until the game starts. I probably walked about two miles tonite.

After my Bodypump and Bodyflow classes last nite, I found myself thinking about my technique. Since I am unable to go with my regular instructor, I am finding myself correcting my mistakes in another Body Pump class. It is like his voice is inside of my head... saying 'It's all about the TECHNIQUE.' Yeah you right. It should not matter who teaches your class. You are there for the sole purpose of strength training, which is what my instructor, Darrell, was politely trying to point out to me. Technique is very important.. more important than adding weight. Get the technique down, THEN add the weight. Ha. I hear his voice even when I am not in his class. I must be doing something RIGHT. LOL.

I find that in everyday life, we use technique. Whether it's to throw together an awesome salad, and add a little bit of extra salad dressing to make the finished product perfect... or just focusing on climbing uphill on the levee on my new bike (even though i'm not in RPM (spinning class). I use techniques effortlessly now. It's beginning to sink in.

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I am very proud of my food I prepared today !!



Deviled eggs, Ham sandwich, 1/3 cup of almonds with cranberries, honey and sea salt (12 carbs) wheat bread (16 carbs)
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Strawberries (3 carbs), Blackberries (5 carbs)

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Taco salad : lettuce, tomato, cheese, ground beef (taco = 19 carbs)

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I'm looking forward to a Pump Class tomorrow nite. Hope everyone sleeps well :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Warm Up With Cardio, Then Go To Weights. Right? Wrong.






Wednesday, April 20 2011 8:25 AMWritten by: Kaitlin Sandeno


Having been an athlete for most of my life, I figured I knew my way around the gym. On a typical day, I'd hit the treadmill or elliptical machine for 30 minutes, then move to the weight machines. And that's what I started to do when I recently joined a gym. Then I got my assessment -- you know, the review of your habits a lot of gyms do. And the review told me I was doing something wrong.

Hit the weights hard, the assessment said. Then go to cardio.

What?

"The body needs to burn through its sugar source first before it taps into the fat," says Iman Nikzad, who runs the fitness program at my LA Fitness near Irvine, Ca. "You burn the sugar while doing the weights then burn the fat while doing the cardio."

I did some more research and, turns out, he's right and I was wrong. The optimal workout is a 10-minute warm-up on a low-impact cardio machine followed by 30 minutes of weights and then 30 minutes of intense cardio.

Yes, really.


"Efficiency is the key when structuring any workout, so long-duration cardio should not be done in the beginning of the session," says certified strength and conditioning specialist Jim Smith. "The most intensive training should be done first in the workout, when you are at your best."

By starting with weights, you alert your muscles to trigger the proteins that churn through calories while you train. So even though you're probably spent after 30 minutes of weights, your body is ready to eat fat faster than it would if you started by "telling" the body to attack sugar.

A lot of people get this wrong, thinking weight training diminishes the effect of the cardio work. It's the opposite. Just remember the phrase: "Muscle eats the fat." If you want to lose the flab -- and who doesn't? -- you want your muscles as active as possible. That means starting with weights.

And if you only have 30 minutes total, go for weights instead of cardio. That sounds counterintuitive, since we feel sweating is "proof" we're losing fat. But you will lose a lot more fat by pushing and pulling weights and then going on a brisk walk in your neighborhood (or even at the mall). The guy or gal who is dripping buckets on the Stairmaster is getting a good workout, but you're likely getting a better one by getting sore and not getting soaked.

Nick Bromberg contributed to this story.

Extreme Eats Slideshow: The Worst Meals in Restaurants







Extreme Eats Slideshow: The Worst Meals in Restaurants !

Webmd.com takes you on an Extreme Eats slideshow... interesting stuff here.

Please click on title above ! Enjoy !

Out of touch, Back to REALITY ! (VIDEO !!)



I bbq'd for Easter .. so I had to try out some of the chicken breast. The photo above shows a nice bbq chicken salad. 8 carbs for the Ranch dressing.

There is nothing like going out of town for a few days. The respit is welcome. The low carb eats are GOOD. Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's a time to reflect, and eating low carb is easy. I chose my favorites : Ham, deviled eggs, Roast.

Coming BACK to a reality check is where it hurts. Before today.. it had been five days since I last worked out at the gym. My entire body hurts tonite. I never realized how hard it was to get back into the rhythm my body was used too. I missed the rigor of working out with my instructor, Darrell. Bringing my muscles to an entire fatigue is my goal. My schedule is going to be quite hectic for the next three weeks, and my workout schedule will be on different nights. ( The thought of this makes me shiver. Of course, I'll make the most out of a different instructors.. but its not the same as having someone you are comfortable with... who will work you out till you drop dead (literally).. and know that showing up at the gym was well worth your time AND effort.)

While out of town, working out is hard to do. I did take a nice bike ride at the Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, LA. Tonight I took a Bodypump class AND a Bodyflow class at Anytime Fitness.

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Tomorrow, I plan to ride my new bike on the levees over on the East Bank, in Destrehan, LA.. Have a wonderful Day !!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Working Low Carb


As a school teacher, I sometimes find it difficult to choose which school lunch I will eat.  Some portions are too starchy. Those homemade buns and potato au gratin hard hard-to-pass-up.

Today, I had an early lunch. That meant a nice ham & cheese salad with buttermilk ranch dressing. The vegetable medley and two strawberries rounded off the meal.

You have to be on your toes when working.  Some use the drive thru. Some bring from home. I've also seen the soup and salad bunch. EVERYONE's lunch is different... catered to that individual.

I always find it interesting when I make groceries at WalMart.  Canvassing peoples' baskets has become a hobby of mine.  It tells a lot about the person's lifestyle.  Ha if you saw my grocery basket... stocked with proteins, veggies and fruit you'd KNOW I was a DIE HARD LOW-CARBER !!

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For exercise today, I took a RPM (spinning) and Body Pump (weight lifting) class at Anytime Fitness. My instructor, Darrell -- pushed us to the limit. I had new biking shoes, so it took a few times to get adjusted to pedaling, pushing and pulling. Let me tell you , just wearing those shoes is a total lifestyle biking challenge. It changes the way your foot feels on the pedals and almost forces you to automatically put the correct weight in the correct position (on the balls of your feet). It definitely enhances the workout.  

My Body pump (weigh lifting) class was a challenge as well. We are learning new tracks with the recent launch.  Moves and techniques that rock the overhead press and make your obliques BURN.  Doing both back to back in the same night is awesome... in getting up the heart rate, sweating, and getting fatigued.  THAT's what it's all about !!

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In the afternoon, I had two hamburger patties on one slice of wheat bread (8 carbs.)

After I got home from exercising, I had a tablespoon of peanut butter (4 carbs), on a slice of wheat bread (8 carbs.)  YEAH for protein ! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

It Feels Like Christmas-time... (Measurements & Daily Tally)



It is beginning to feel like Christmas in a few ways around here.

I'm getting excited about getting my bicycle later this week.  Have to break in my bike shoes. Hope they fit well.

Measurements came in yesterday. I gained another 1/2 inch in my thigh. Lost a 1/2 inch around my upper arm.  My waist and hip measurements remain the same. My weight is still at 136 pounds, 14 pounds lost in 10 weeks.

ANY loss, (weight or measurement) -- I''ll take it like an early Christmas pressie.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken & Cheese (4 carbs)

I just love the way my food pictures have been coming out lately.



Scrambled Eggs & Wheat Toast  (17 carbs)  



For snack : Blackberries and Blueberries (8 carbs)
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Today was recovery day. I did not exercise at all. I am saving my energy for tomorrow night.  I have a spinning and weight lifting class,

Hope yall have a wonderful evening :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Turkey Eggs !! It does a body GOOD !!

I've been purchasing chicken eggs for years from a neighbor. The other day, he left a carton of eggs on our swing, with the word T-U-R-K-E-Y  written on it. I thought Turkey ? I've never heard of Turkey eggs... ewwww.  So I goggled the term.

Seems turkey eggs are quite popular and just as nutritious as chicken eggs,  but loaded with cholesterol !  Nutritional Facts for Turkey Eggs  I guess they should come with a warning. Who knew ?  A turkey egg contains over three times the amount of cholesterol found in a chicken egg. With 737 mg per egg, eating just one turkey egg puts you over the American Heart Association's recommended limit of 300 mg per day. Everything in moderation !!


This morning was the first time I actually tried them.  The yolk was a bit thicker. The white a bit thinner.  The flavor a bit stronger.  It was pretty good. My game was on. I'm always willing to try things once. :) So if you are ever in the mood for something different and have a challenging pallate like mine.. why not try turkey eggs ?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Exercise and Low Carb Diet Tally For today.

It's been an exhausting morning ! Anytime Fitness had two launches today that I attended.  The Body Pump Class is awesome.  Darrell and the other instructors pushed us to the limit.  The Body Flow Class was tight. New moves and leg extensions I've never seen before.

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Fiery red pepper sauce on the inside to kick it up a notch !
For lunch this afternoon. I spiced up my Chicken Quesadillas with a new touch.  I used fiery red pepper sauce to kick it up a notch. The entire quesadillas is only 23 carbs. It is very filling and tasty. You should try it !

Lettuce and tomato 
                                                Finished Product ! (22 carbs)

Enjoy your afternoon !!

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I went to Custom Cruisers nite at the bridgepark.  Lots of old time automobiles, trucks and motorcycles.

I ate a taco (13 carbs). Then I got hungry, and ate two small hamburger patties on a slice of wheat breat (8 carbs)

Total for the day : 43 carbs !!! :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Skinny on Low Calorie Drinks & Hydration

The Skinny on Low Cal Drinks & Hydration

One of my favorite people to follow is Molly Kimball. She is a registered dietitian, and writes timely articles about health and nutrition. In this segment, she also includes a chart breakdown on low calorie drinks. Great information here. Enjoy !!

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In preparation for Ochsner half-Ironman and Crescent City Classic, it's time to talk hydration



By Molly Kimball  Times Picayune

We’ve had a long run of breezy days and cool nights, but with the Ochsner half-Ironman and the Crescent City Classic sandwiched between the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest, it’s time to talk hydration.



The Times-Picayune ArchiveA runner grabs water at the two mile water stop on Rampart St. during 28th annual Crescent City Classic race Saturday, April 15,2006 in New Orleans. Runners had near perfect weather to tackle the 10-kilometer along the streets of the French Quarter and Mid-City.

Staying well-hydrated is critical to maintaining optimal energy levels, as well as preventing muscle cramps, headaches and more serious issues such as heatstroke and seizure, and even death.

But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks.


Any type of fluid (with the exception of alcohol) can be hydrating. Even caffeine-containing beverages can count toward your fluid intake. For years, they were though to be dehydrating, but an abundance of research has proven otherwise. The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee, and soft drinks appears to have no diuretic action, meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide.

But we still don’t want the majority of our fluid intake to come from caffeinated drinks; most health organizations recommend that we limit our caffeine intake to 300 milligrams a day, the amount found in two or three cups of coffee.

Food can count toward your fluid intake, too, particularly foods with high water contents such as fresh fruits, yogurt and soups.



View full sizeSo how much is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? (Click on link above)


A general guideline is to aim for about half of your body weight in ounces of fluid, plus an additional 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise or work in the heat. So a 150-pound woman needs about 75 ounces of fluid to meet her basic daily needs. If she loses 2 pounds of sweat during her morning workout, she’ll need an additional 32 ounces of fluid, for a total of about 107 ounces for the day.



Again, this doesn’t mean that she has to drink 107 ounces of plain water. If she drinks coffee or tea in the morning, has a protein smoothie for breakfast, a broth-based soup with lunch and a Greek yogurt with fresh fruit as a snack, she may have already consumed 50 ounces of fluid ““ about halfway toward her goal for the day — before factoring in the first sip of water.



Good news for those of you who aren’t crazy about drinking water: You have plenty of other options. An abundance of flavored drinks is on the market, many of them available in small packets that can be kept in your purse or pockets to add to a water bottle, so there’s little excuse for not staying hydrated.



Here’s a list of 21 low-cal drinks and how they measure up in terms of calories, use of artificial sweeteners and electrolyte content.
 (Click on link above)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

VIDEOS : Bicycle Ride & views along the Mississippi




Mama said they'd be days like this... those days where you take a break from work to take in the scenery.  Part of a low carb diet is exercising.   We are fortunate here in New Orleans, to have paved bike paths along the levees. One can appreciate the views of the mighty Mississippi by enjoying a nice long bike ride or liesurely strolling along the levee. Its a great way to meet new people. Most of all the benefits from exercising is quite the 'bonus'.

I'm heading out tomorrow to get my bicycle tuned. I'll determine then if I will get a new one, or keep what I have.  I'm So excited to get out and ride my bike.  I hope you enjoy the brief videos. If you do , please drop me a line.. perhaps I can some more scenic ones. Along my ride, I see ships bigger than football fields, baby egrets following under their mama's wings, and baby ducks waddling. Springtime is awesome along the river. I hope you will come along with me ride....

Click on the underlined links below :



Bicycle Ride Along the Mississippi



Going down the levee




Goodbye !

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Low Carb Chicken & Cheese Quesdillas





I found a wonderful recipe for Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas. I'm always on the look out for new and wonderful low carb foods. Here goes !!


Prepare your favorite skinless, boneless chicken.  Cut into small pieces. ( I actually used about half of this amount to stuff into the quesdillas.)







Place the chicken on a 9 to 10 inch whole-wheat flour tortilla.


Add your favorite cheese. ( Mine is Kraft  Mexican Four Cheese).


Melt one Tbs. of the butter over medium heat in a 12 inch skillet or large griddle.  Add the quesadilla and cook for  3-4 minutes, or until the cheese begins to melt and the tortilla starts to brown. Turn and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with beans, a salad or salsa. I preferred adding tomatoes and lettuce.

Slice each quesadilla in half... ENJOY !!!!!!

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Nutrition per serving:  130 calories, 6 grams of  protein, 25 carbs , 3 grams dietary fiber,

Exercise and Me: A Love Story




I thought I'd kick off today's blog by telling you what's been incredibly GOOD for me over the last couple of months.  For most of my adult life, I thought a hard day's work was a substitute for exercise.  If I felt mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day, I thought it meant I was keeping myself fit enough.

This felt especially true after being on my feet all day -- teaching middle school students and dealing with their roller coaster of emotions and 'I just don't get this' attitude. THEY got it. My students wanted more than anything to be outside, part of the environment. A bench to sit on and relax.  A tree to mellow out and envelop the sun.  It just made sense to them.

A couple of years ago, I underwent a hysterectomy that forced me to be immobile for two months. I learned the hard way, NEVER schedule surgery during the months of June, July and August in Louisiana. These are the prime months for HURRICANES to develop.  I had my surgery in early August. September 1st Hurricane Gustave hit.  The kids and I had to evacuate, as my husband was on emergency call with the chemical plant.  I drove four hours to find a hotel.  When everything was over, I came back to New Orleans. Electricity was out, it was HOT, I was miserable.. my stitches got infected... I need say nothing further.

I was forced into bed rest for two months.  I realized I had all the time in the world to reevaluate things.  Slowly, I started getting back into the world of exercising.  I did not mind getting up earlier. I actually began looking forward to my new found freedom (TIME).. and rehabilitation.  I actually joined a gym.. using the machines inside to help me get back into shape. If you have ever had any type of major abdominal surgery  you KNOW how slow of a process this can be.  (Not to mention the pain).

I reflect on this today, because we all have to start somewhere. We have to work through the pain to GAIN insight.  I exercise and continue to do it because I think clearer and faster. I'm a more patient person, and have more energy. I wonder how much I could have accomplished if I'd discovered all of this sooner ??

When it comes to food, I do not believe in counting calories or fat grams. I count CARBS.   Counting calories and fat grams took the air out of the balloon for me. You have to find out what works for YOU.  Once my brain realized that a carb = sugar. Everything clicked.  I do believe in enjoying all things in moderation.  I even snuck in a slice of carrot cake from the local farmer's market last week !

I hope my story motivates you to get healthy and happy.   I'm going to try to fill my blog chock full of interesting topics, along with my daily diet and exercise routine.  I hope to speak to that little voice in each of you -- the one that tells you to treat yourself better from here on out.

Have a great day !!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Does Protein in a Low Carb diet build muscle ??


This question has become quite the ''hot topic'' of conversation in the low carb community lately.  I've asked a few people about it, but to get the real answer, I asked my friend, Dr. Michael Hellemn for his view on the subject.

"Pretty simple with the protein. Protein does not actually build muscle, exercise does. You can drink those muscle-builder protein shakes all day and never look like the person on the cover of the package. You still have to get to the gym. The protein goes into the blood, and is only taken out by the muscle that needs it. So, if a muscle gets stressed, it decides that it better expand. Then it looks into the blood for the building supplies. Bone is the same way. When bone is stressed, it adds more mineral to become stronger. Calcium will not make your bone stronger. Exercise will make the bone want to add calcium.


The blood is very much like one of those conveyor-belt sushi restaurants. I don't know if you have ever seen one. The restaurant has a conveyor belt on the counter. The customers sit at the counter and take off the sushi that they want. I may be in the mood for mackerel, so I may wait for a mackerel dish to go by on the conveyor belt.


My old gym had a poster with a photo of 2 guys. One was a chubby couch potato, and the other was a slim muscular athlete. The caption said "Both of these men are 6 foot and 200 pounds". The men have the same BMI, but their health is likely quite different."
 
I appreciate the explanation on protein Dr. Hellemn. Thank you for your insight on this subject !

Monday, April 11, 2011

Study: Parents forgoing fitness

Study: Parents forgoing fitness

Children hazardous to mom's waistline !!

Study: Young children may make parents less fit




By LINDSEY TANNER
AP Medical Writer


CHICAGO (AP) -- Could kids be to blame for new parents' bad health habits?



A study found that mothers of young children were heavier and ate more calories, sugary drinks and fatty foods than childless women. Dads and moms in the study were less active than their peers without kids.



Sheri Lee Schearer, 34, says the results reflect her life with a 5-month-old son. Before, when she worked as a paralegal, she had time to make a spinach salad or go out for one. Now, as a stay-at-home mom in southern New Jersey, she grabs whatever is easiest and quickest.



"I often find that his needs come before mine," she said. "Do I get to the gym? No. Do I eat always healthy? No."



Quick, easily prepared foods are often high in fat and calories. Parents who choose these foods may end up serving them to their children, perpetuating a cycle of unhealthy eating, the study authors said.



"This isn't a study about blame," said co-author Jerica Berge, a University of Minnesota researcher. "This is about identifying ... a very high-risk time period" for parents that doctors should be aware of so they can offer solutions, she said.



That may include diet advice, parent-child exercise classes, or just getting parents to take walks with their kids, the researchers said.



The study involved 1,520 adults aged 25 on average, including parents with children younger than 5 years old. They were among more than 4,000 Minneapolis-area public school students enrolled in a study in their teens; the new study includes those who responded to two follow-up health surveys and answered questions about their diet and activity.



Results are published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.



Mothers ate more fatty foods and drank about seven sugary drinks weekly, versus about four among childless women. Moms also had an average of 2,360 calories daily, 368 calories more than women without children. With that many calories, women that age would need to be active to avoid gaining weight, walking more than 3 miles daily at a moderate pace.



But mothers got on average a little more than two hours of at least moderate activity weekly, versus three hours weekly among childless women. Mothers had a slightly higher average body-mass index than childless women - 27 versus 26. Healthy BMIs are in the 19-24 range.



Fathers ate about the same amount of daily calories as childless men and both had an average BMI of about 25, but fathers got less physical activity - about five hours weekly, compared to almost seven hours among childless men.



Among study participants, more of the parents were black and had low incomes than the childless adults, but the researchers took race, income and other factors into account that might have affected diet or activity levels.



The study has several limitations; there's no data on how many women recently had babies, whose weight would still reflect pregnancy pounds. There's also no information on the number of single parents, who likely face even more diet and exercise challenges than married parents.



Sarah Krieger, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and St. Petersburg, Fla. dietitian who works with new mothers, said some of the mothers may have had postpartum depression, which might affect their eating and exercise habits.



Schearer, the New Jersey mom, said she's lost half the 40 pounds she gained while pregnant and doesn't care if she never loses that last 20 pounds.



Becoming a mom "has been the best thing that ever happened to me," she said.



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Online:



American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.aap.org

Low Carb Exercising : Tune Up Your Bicycle For Spring


Tune Up Your Bicycle For Spring from Etsy on Vimeo.


With all the talk on my blog about how much I love to ride my bike along the levee next to the mighty Mississippi River, I thought this video would be important to learn how to tune up our bicycles without all the extra $$.

Enjoy !!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Today's DIet and Exercise Tally

 Feeling Groovy !!
Brunch - 3 eggs, one slice of wheat toast (8 carbs)

Pringles wheat stix (12 carbs)

Mixture of blueberries and blackberries (8 carbs)

Lemon peppered chicken breast , lettuce tomato, cheese Ranch dressing (8 carbs)

36 carbs today :)

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I rode my bike along the levee for about an hour.  Took a Body  Flow class tonite at Anytime Fitness.

Technology Sucks... and I lost another pound !!

or lack of it, literally ! I'm lost without my camera. I'm plain and simple. I do not need anything beyond my Memorex Digital Video Camera



I like pictures. One can visualize more. It's hard to write a column without pictures lol. B-o-r-i-n-g! Hopefully, it will arrive in the mail this week.


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Onto the good news. I lost another pound. That's a total of 14 in 9 weeks. I'm happy with that.



The Body pump and bicycling is helping tone where I need it. Certain exercises can point to muscle gain in certain areas, so choose wisely ! I'm also learning that protein with exercise helps to gain muscle.



Last night (Imagine since I have no photo here...) I had a plate of : Blackberries (4 carbs) , two tablespoons of peanut butter (8 carbs ) on toast(8 carbs and a slice of cheese (1 carb) . This was for a late evening snack. Go Girl..


This is coming from a gal that was so afraid to UP the calories because she would gain weight. Exercising off the calories will maintain the weight.


Yesterday I rode my bicycle up on the levee (yes, one direction against the wind), for about an hour and a half. S-l-ow , steady riding. (This was in addition to a Body Pump class in the a.m. It Was a beautiful day !!














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I finished up the lima beans I had during the week, and froze the rest.







1/4 cup of rice 11 carbs



1/2 cup lima beans 20 carbs



slice o bread 8 carbs




4 strawberries. 4 carbs



Total 43 carbs



21 carbs (late snack




Grand total 64 carbs. Yes, high, but I'm intermittently adding protein.. AND exercising.



Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 8 Low Carb Diet and Exercise Tally

My camera is broken, so I'm not able to provide pictures until I have it replaced =(

For exercise, I rode my bicycle for 40 minutes.

Lunch consisted of Popeye's chicken Breast and a small rice.

Supper was a Taco Salad.  Taco, meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Low carb total = 33

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Low Carb Cooking: Lima Beans

Cooking da lima beans !!

Carbs in 1 cup of lima beans is 40 carbs.   I went to our local farmer's market yesterday and picked up some fresh lima beans.  I chopped up celery, onion, sausage and garlic. Cooked for a little under two hours. 

One cup of rice = 40 carbs.  This is  1/3 cup.  (about 13 carbs)

Finished product !!  (about 23 carbs)

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Join me for WEGO Health’s Webnair : Navigating Your Health Narrative



What: Navigating Your Health Narrative Webinar

Who: Health Activist Panel with Lisa E, Erin B, Jenni P, and Amanda D

When: Thursday  April 21st 8pm EST (the webinar will last one hour)

Where: Sign up here (link) and you’ll get all the details

The webinar is for anyone from seasoned bloggers to blog-readers who want to start their own blog. The webinar will cover the basics of blogging and include more advanced tips and tricks for promoting posts, managing your time, and establishing your blog “voice” and how to raise awareness about your condition through blogging. 

By signing up you’ll also have a chance to ask specific questions for the Health Activist panel that will be answered during the live Q&A portion of the webinar. You’ll get access to the archived version of the webinar!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to plan from a High Protein Food List

Knowing which foods that are high in protein can help you plan your low carb menus. 

I'm learning to ADD more protein in my low carb diet because it is important in gaining muscle.

I've put together a list of foods that I hope you will find helpful in your menu planning !!



4/6 Low Carb Diet and Exercise

I just got back from the gym. I'm pretty fatigued as this is my second day in a row doing Bodypump (weightlifting).  Combine this with the RPM (spinning class) I took yesterday = one tired gal !!

I had a great Bodypump workout. Although I did not have my regular instructor, Darrell -- Hailey did a nice job with the routines. However on the very last track I learned a new move -- How to "Hover with a Pointer !!"  Indeed, I needed every ounce of strength left,  for that move literally rocked me to the core ! 
Hailey sure saved the best for LAST> :)

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I've always loved farm-fresh brown eggs.  My current supply.



For breakast, I ate three scrambled eggs with ham and cheese.


A piece of bread on the side to balance it off ! (8 carbs)


Some fresh blueberries and blackberries round off the meal :)  (about 12 carbs)

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Snack time !  1/3 cup of nuts.


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After workout.. I was looking in the frig for leftovers.  I found some potato salad... added mayo.  No idea how many carbs lol.


Yes, I cheat.  I had a small slice of carrot cake that I got from our local farmer's market. Yes, it was delish !!

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