Dream of Pasta

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm so thankful that I'm not a huge pasta lover since I'm following low carb.  I never really feel like I have to have it, but every now and than I get a craving for macaroni and cheese or spaghetti.  You are probably thinking well that sucks for you because you can never have macaroni and cheese or spaghetti ever again if you are eating low carb.  Well guess what... I CAN!  Dreamfield's Pasta makes wonderful Low Carb Pasta that tastes great and only has 5 net carbs per serving.  When I want to have macaroni and cheese I use Dreamfields Healthy Low Carb Elbows Pasta 13.25 oz. box or Dreamfields Healthy Low Carb Penne Rigate Pasta 13.25 oz. box and when I want to have spaghetti I use Dreamfields Spaghetti.  They have so many low carb pasta choices that you can use as an alternative in regular pasta recipes to make them completely low carb.  I'm so thankful to companies like Dreamfield's that make it possible for low carb dieters to continue to lose weight and be healthy without packing on the pounds.  Please comment below and share your own personal experience with eating Dreamfield's Pasta.

Got Low Carb Milk?

Lindsey Pennington - Thursday, September 10, 2009
When it comes to eating Low Carb I have hardly any complaints.  I am shocked at the food I can eat and enjoy and still lose weight.  It's really amazing how your body stops craving sugar and bad carbs once you cut them out our your diet.  One thing that is hard for me when it comes to following Low Carb is not being able to drink milk.  I know that may sound weird, but if you asked anyone in my family they would tell you how much I absolutely love milk.  I try to substitute a lot of the recipes that call for milk with whipping cream because it adds 0 carbs with cream instead of about 12 carbs with milk.  Cream does work great in most recipes, but some recipes just need the taste of milk to make it complete.  I have some great news for all of those milk lovers out there.  I found some Low Carb milk at the grocery store and I'm so excited.  It's by Hood and it's called Calorie Countdown.  It has only has 3 net carbs per 1 cup serving.  Here are 2 links to Hood's website that show regular milk and chocolate milk:
2% regular low carb milk: http://www.hphood.com/products/prodDetail.aspx?id=576
2% low carb chocolate milk: http://www.hphood.com/products/prodDetail.aspx?id=577
I haven't been able to find the chocolate milk yet, but I'm just thankful right now to have found the regular milk.  If you love milk and are following the low carb lifestyle I hope this puts a smile on your face.  Next time you see those ads that say: Got Milk?  You can smile and say I do and it's low carb!  :-)  Please comment below if you've tried Hood's Calorie Countdown and let me know what you think.

The Rite Kind of Diet

Lindsey Pennington - Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I recently tried cutting caffeine and aspartame out of my diet.  I was successful for about 2 weeks and than I decided to try something new.  One of my friends, Christina Antonis, told me about Diet Rite and I'm so glad she did!  Thank you Christine!  I tried it and I love it!  The wonderful thing about Diet Rite is it has no carbs, no sodium, no aspartame, and no caffeine and it is sweetened with Splenda.  It comes in 7 different flavors: Diet Rite, White Grape 2 ct/ 12 packs, Red Raspberry, Tangerine, Kiwi Strawberry, Black Cherry, Cola, and the newest flavor Cherry Cola.  What a genius idea for all of those Low Carb dieters out there who are trying to cut out all of the unhealthy ingredients from our beverages to accommodate our health and weight loss goals!  I do still have Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper occasionally, but I try to drink Diet Rite when I have the option.  Give it a try and please comment below and let me know what you think.

Low Carb Supplementation Plan

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I love finding new resources to assist in my Low Carb journey to lose weight for good. One of my friends, JayCee Botha, told me about a great book called Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, M.D. I’ve only glanced at it so far, but I’m looking forward to reading all of it. I have never been very good at taking vitamins because there are so many different ones out there and I never know which ones I should take for me. This book helps you create your own program with nutritional supplements that work for your body and it’s different conditions.

If you want a “basic supplementation plan” than Dr. Atkins also shares a great weight loss/weight maintenance regimen in his well-known book called Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Revised Edition on pages 303-307. He talks about using the Atkins Basic #3 Formula, which is a multivitamin, on pages 303-304 where you will see a LONG list of 35 different ingredients. He recommended that you take this multivitamin 3x a day, one with each meal. I checked to see if you could still buy the Atkins Basic #3 Formula and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I emailed Atkins customer service at www.atkins.com to see if they knew where I could find it. They replied to me and told me that they no longer produce this multivitamin, but that there is a similar one made by Dr. Hoffman. You can buy this multivitamin, called the Foundation Formula, at his website: http://www.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/285

I’m currently taking a Centrum Multivitamin but as soon as I run out I will buy and try out the Foundation Formula.  Bayer also had a One-A-Day CarbSmart, 50 Count Multivitamin, but I think it has gone off of the market.  It's no longer listed on their website: http://www.oneaday.com/  It's nice to know that we have some supplement options to aid in our Low Carb Lifestyle.  If you know of any Low Carb Multivitamins that I have not listed above please feel free to share in the comment section below.  What is your current supplementation plan?

Don't Look Back

Lindsey Pennington - Monday, September 07, 2009
This poem was sent to me the other day and I had to share it with you.  This poem touched my heart because it so closely relates to the situation I am in right now with my job.  I know there are a lot of layoffs going on right now in the world and I'm sending this out to you in hope that it inspires and encourages you through this tough time.  Last week was really hard on me emotionally.  I felt really depressed all week.  I realized that I was concentrating on the negativity of what's going on in my life instead of the positive side of the situation.  As I've said before, I have been very thankful to have a job as long as I've had in this economy and I am truly grateful.  I know that my job will soon end on October 31, which saddens me but at the same time excites me.  I have been so full of anxiety from the stress and pressure of this job that I think moving away from this job will only make me a stronger and happier person.  I'm more excited to see what's ahead of me in this world instead of looking back and analyzing all of the "what ifs"  I could have done to change my current situation.  My job will soon be over, but I'm so excited to use my gifts and abilities where I can be valued, appreciated, and make a difference in this world. 

Whenever you get depressed, it's so easy to look back on all of your past failures and hard times and let it affect you in a negative way.  Just remember your past is behind you and you cannot change it.  Don't even waste your time looking back.  Just think whenever you walk, you always walk forward.  You never walk backwards or look behind you while you are walking forward.  If you did that, you would fall flat on your face and hurt yourself.  The best advice I can give to you is to walk forward every day and don't look back.  Life is so precious and valuable and so are you.  Cherish the people in your life and every moment you have.  You are put here on this earth for a purpose and when you live your purpose you will only make the world a brighter place.  Please read this poem and share your comments below.

Don't Look Back...You're Not Going That Way

As you travel through life
there are always those times
when decisions just
have to be made
when the choices are hard,
and solutions seem scarce
and the rain seems
to soak your parade!

There are some situations
where all you can do
is to simply let go and move on
gather courage together
and choose a direction
that carries you toward
a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles
and take a step forward
the process of change
can be tough
but think about all the
excitement ahead
if you can be stalwart enough!

There could be adventures
you never imagined
just waiting around the next bend
and wishes and dreams
just about to come true
in ways you can't
yet comprehend!

Perhaps you'll find friendships
that spring from new interests
as you challenge your status quo
and learn there are so many
options in life,
and so many ways you can grow!

Perhaps you'll go places
you never expected
and see things that
you've never seen
or travel to fabulous,
faraway worlds
and wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you'll find warmth
and affection and caring-
a "somebody special"
who's there
to help you stay centered
and listen with interest
to stories and
feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort
in knowing your friends are
supportive of all that you do
and believe that whatever
decisions you make,
they'll be the right
choices for you!

So keep putting one foot
in front of the other
and taking your life
day by day.

There's a brighter tomorrow
that's just down the road.
Don't look back-
you're not going that way!

~~ Author Unknown ~~

Never Give Up

Lindsey Pennington - Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I love this song "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.  When I first heard this song it brought tears to my eyes.  Do you ever feel like certain songs were written just for you?  I felt like this one was written for me at just the right time.  We all have certain battles and struggles to face in life but the outcome is up to us.  I realize that no one else can achieve my weight loss goal but me.  I have to have perseverance and patience to climb this mountain.  The hardest part of losing weight isn't always just getting started, but it's the journey to get there.  While you are on your journey it seems as if it will never end, but just remember to NEVER give up and as Miley says: "Just Keep Pushing On."  We can climb this mountain and get to the other side just stay consistent and take it one step at a time.  What is your biggest challenge in your climb to reach your goal weight?

Tear Tuesday

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Today was an emotional day for me.  Do you ever have those days that you are so stressed out and overwhelmed that you just need to cry?  It’s been a tear Tuesday for me and I’m so glad it is almost over.  As I’ve said before, there are a lot of changes taking place in my industry and it’s been really hard on me.  Have you ever had to make a decision that you know was the right decision to make, but it still hurts afterwards?  That is what I’m feeling right now. 


To make a long story short, the company that I work for is going to be having a “realignment” of territories a.k.a. layoffs in November.  Out of over 4,000 reps in the nation, we were all given an alternative choice to voluntarily leave with extra severance.  The only catch was this Voluntary Exit Program (VEP) would only be available to a little over 300 reps. If you wanted to get the VEP you had to sign up with HR and wait.  I had a strong feeling that I would be gone in this November realignment, so I decided to sign up for the VEP.  We had to wait one month to find out whether or not we were selected for the VEP and I just found out that I did get it.  I’m very happy and sad at the same time.  Sometimes things in life seem unfair and for some reason I never felt like I was valued or appreciated in my job.  I’m very thankful to have gotten the opportunity and experience to work for this company, but I’m very excited to find a job where I can be valued and appreciated for my gifts and abilities. 


Now that I know I will be gone in 2 months, it makes each day hard because I know that I will probably not see a lot of these people ever again.  One of my friends recently told me: “when one door closes, another one will open.”  So as you can see I’m very excited to see what the next open door will bring in my life, but it is a hard process closing this door. 


Despite all of these changes, I’m still following my low carb lifestyle.  I’m still losing weight pretty slowly, but I’m just happy to not be gaining any weight from this stress.  It would be so easy to have an emotional cheat day right now, but I’m not going to eat my emotions.  I hope you are all doing well out there.  If you are going through any similar situation, please feel free to share.  It feels much better getting these feelings out in the open.  Just remember to "Be grateful for everything you've got. Be brave to face all kinds of challenges in life.  Be Passionate about what you do.  Life comes in difference forms, ups and downs are the journey, but belief is the key to make us strong and move forward.  Goals are the way to turn your dreams to realities."  -Yann Yip

Weight Loss Tracker

Lindsey Pennington - Thursday, August 27, 2009
How do you keep track of your weight loss success?  I've been using the scale, measurements, clothes, and ketostix to measure my weight loss.  I also want to share some online weight trackers that you might enjoy using.  They are easy to use and make losing weight fun.  I feel like an infomercial, but on a serious note I use these trackers all of the time and they really keep me motivated.  I will post my weight with my weight trackers on the website soon.  I'm trying to work up the courage to post my weight.  I can't even begin to describe to you how horrifying that thought is to me, but I'm going to do it very soon. 

The first tracker I use is: http://www.tickerfactory.com  On ticker factory, you set your weight loss goal and enter your current weight.  As you lose weight it shows you how many pounds you've lost and how many pounds you have left to lose to achieve your goal.  It also tracks your BMI.  The second tool I use is http://www.skinnyr.com  It does the same thing but it tracks your weight and BMI in a line graph.  The last tool that I use infrequently is https://www.weight-tracker.com.  It's very similar to the last 2 trackers but it also tracks your body fat.  This tool has not been as useful to me because I haven't had my body fat measured yet, but I hope to do so soon.  Lately this has been a fun way for me to track my weight loss, but tracking your weight loss can be as simple as writing it down on a piece of paper or tracking it in a calendar.  I've done both and have liked tracking my weight loss like that too. 

When you are losing weight you need positive reinforcement.  Tracking my weight loss keeps me encouraged and focused.  Find a tool that works for you and stick to it.  It will be completely worth it in the end to be able to see your whole journey along the way.  How do your track you weight loss?  If you have any tools that you find helpful, please feel free to share them.  We are on in this journey together! 


Lindsey Pennington - Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I found this clever, weight loss poem.  It reminded me of why it's so important to stay motivated when you are trying to lose weight.  It's so easy to get discouraged and give up, but if you know what motivates you than you will succeed.  Each of these little phrases help keep me motivated.  What motivates you?

Motivation for Weight Loss

Author: unknown
M-make short term goals
O-out with the negative thoughts
T-think of why you want it
I-imagine how you will feel
V-visualize the future you
A-acknowledge your successes
T-treat yourself with respect
I-investigate new ideas and foods
O-observe your healthy lifestyle
N-never give up and never give in

The Big 20

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I know in my video blog yesterday I shared with you how I was disappointed that I didn’t lose any weight last week, but today I have some exciting news.  I weighed this morning and I’ve lost another pound.  It was a great way to start my day!  I’ve lost 20lbs total in 11 weeks and one day.  I’ve been losing about a pound a week, which is slower than I wish.  I still have about 20-30lbs to lose and I don’t understand why I’m losing weight so slowly.  Does anyone have any advice on why I’m losing weight so slowly? or Is this pretty normal to lose only 1 pound a week?  Please share any struggles you've had with losing weight.

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